Australian supermarket chain Coles has planned to resume operations in Lismore, Australia, with a store set to open in the town in the coming weeks.

The announcement comes after the retailer’s original store in the town was destroyed by flooding earlier this year.

Located on McKenzie Street, the brand-new store will offer a large fresh produce section and an additional range of ready-made meals.

A deli section behind the counter will provide hot roast chicken, an extensive range of gourmet cheese and seafood products.

Other new offerings at Coles Lismore include fresh flatbread, patisserie and celebration cakes, while a frozen dessert bar will offer gelato, macarons and mochi. 

The store will also house a Scoop&Weigh pet treat bar featuring snacks for dogs.

For added convenience, the store provides Click&Collect to allow customers to have online grocery orders delivered to their cars.

It is due to officially open to shoppers on 15 July.

Coles Lismore store manager Cheryl Muirhead said: “We are so excited to be opening a brand-new store for the Lismore community.

“It has certainly been a challenging few months, however, it has been so heart-warming to see everyone in Lismore put their hand up to help others, including our incredible store team.

“Seventeen of our team members lost everything. Every single team member has been impacted in some way, big or small.

“The whole store team couldn’t be more excited to get back into the store, which includes more than a dozen team members who have been at Coles for over 20 years.”

In April, Coles partnered with transport partner Linfox Logistics to pilot an electric-powered truck to deliver stock to stores in New South Wales.

The Fuso eCanter truck is powered entirely by renewable electricity and is expected to reduce Coles’ annual carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions by more than 60t.