Woolworths staffers unite to help flood victims amid recovery: 'Bunch of champions'

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Woolworths has announced a fruitful new endeavour to support victims of the recent floods that devastated parts of northern New South Wales.

The grocery giant revealed on Instagram that a pop-up shop has opened in Lismore Central.

The store aims to make essential Woolworths and Big W items available to locals while its outlets in the area are repaired from flood damage.

“Our team members have blown us away with the care they’ve shown each other and their community during these devastating floods. They’ve united once again to help their community get through these tough times,” Woolworths wrote of the pop-up location.

Woolworths pop-up store in Lismore
Woolworths' Lismore pop-up store is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday. Source: Instagram/@woolworths_au

“Woolworths Lismore Central launched a pop-up shop while the two supermarkets and Big W are being rebuilt to ensure everyone has access to food and essential supplies," the Instagram post continued.

“The temporary shop is set up in the fresh fruit and vegetable section of the store and is self-contained so construction crews can keep working around it.

“The pop-up offers a range of groceries on a smaller scale like fruit, bread, milk and eggs, as well as essentials from Big W including towels, blankets, toasters, kettles and clothes.”

“It’s been a heartbreaking time for so many communities, including many of our team members and their families, and we are so looking forward to welcoming the local community to their newly rebuilt Woolworths supermarkets in the months ahead.”

Woolworths team standing in Lismore pop up, Woolworths logo inset
Woolworths called its Lismore team a "bunch of champions" in an Instagram story. Source: Instagram/@woolworths_au

The retailer ended the post with the statement “We are better together”, adding in a comment “we are always looking for ways to do our bit”.

A similar pop-up store has opened in Maryborough, Queensland, while the local store also undergoes flood repairs.

Woolworths CEO ‘pained’ by flood event

Woolworths’ CEO Brad Banducci has penned an open letter to customers on the Woolworths website, where he discusses the implications of the recent flooding events.

“[Working with Lismore teams] brought back vivid memories of being there during the 2017 floods, but unfortunately the impact this time is even more material,” he said.

“It pains me to say that more than 100 of our team have lost their homes, and our thoughts are with them and everyone else in the same position.”

In the letter, Mr Banducci also revealed that natural disaster leave has been made available to affected team members, while customers are able to round up their purchases at the checkout to assist with general flood recovery.

“Thank you to everyone for your support in dealing with yet another challenge. We’re not out of this one yet, but we will get through it if we all stand together in the great Australian spirit,” he said.

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