ABOUT 1500 people took part in a family fun day hosted by a Clarkson supermarket this month.
Coles at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre hosted the April 1 event to mark the end of refurbishment works.
The event doubled as a fundraiser for the Quinns Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and visitors enjoyed rides, games and giveaways.
There was also a meet and greet with NBL champions the Perth Wildcats and Guide Dogs WA puppies, and My Kitchen Rules entrants Jordan and Anna Bruno demonstrated cooking techniques.
The refurbishment is expected to create 10 more jobs, with a bigger fresh produce section, meat department upgrades and a healthy eating section.
Three manned checkouts, three express checkouts and three self-checkout stations have been added.
Employee Caroline Logan started her Coles career in June 2001, the day the Clarkson store opened.
“Back then, many products came from the east coast, which meant it would sometimes take two weeks before we could re-stock a product if we ran out,” she said.
“I also remember manually pricing all of our products and manually ordering new stock.
“Now that products are supplied from the WA warehouse and we work with many local suppliers, our stock is automatically ordered and items are priced through barcodes.
“Our work day is much easier and more efficient.”
Current MKR teams will be at the Clarkson supermarket this Sunday from 11.10-11.30am.
Customers can meet Queensland mother and daughter duo Valerie and Courtney, Adelaide pub mates Tim and Kyle and best friends from Melbourne Caitie and Demi on April 9.