A NEW IGA store was officially opened by league legend Darren Lockyer yesterday in Augustine Heights which will see 30 Ipswich locals employed.
The store on Augusta Parkway is one of 14 owned by the Bansal family, with Gaurav and Vishal Bansal the co-owners.
Lockyer was a major drawcard for locals who chatted with the Queensland icon and had autographs signed.
He even served customers from behind the checkout.
The former Broncos captain said he was delighted to be associated with a store that boosted the economy and employed locals
"That is the economic benefit of development," he said.
"It creates jobs and services and provides amenities for the local community.
"IGA will have to be happy with this store. It will serve the community well."
"I am surprised every time I come out here to Ipswich how much more it has been developed.
"You can take it for granted and not realise how fast this area is growing, and IGA is going to be a part of that."
Store owner Gaurav Bansal said the opening was a boost for Ipswich.
"We are very excited about it," he said.
"We will have 10 full-time staff and 20 part-time.
"Some of the employees are from Brassall where we closed a store, but it will be 30 people all together from Ipswich.
"IGA is all about locals.
"IGAs are independently run stores and our family runs 14 stores," Mr Bansal said.
"Our first store was at IGA Ipswich."
Mr Bansal said it was appropriate Darren Lockyer was on hand to open the store.
"Darren is a Queensland legend and we wanted to thank him for what he has done," he said.
"We like to get great Queensland players for our openings which is why we got Allan Langer for our Goodna IGA opening and at Toowoomba.
"We will be looking to get Darren for other openings."
Cr Paul Tully also attended the opening and said it was a boost to the region.
"It is an exciting addition to Augustine Heights and part of the Augusta Village development," he said.
"It will have trading hours from 6am to 10pm which will suit many shift workers and early starters.
"It is a landmark store on Augusta Parkway which is the busiest suburban road in Ipswich with 26,000 vehicles a day using the road."
"Darren Lockyer has always been supportive of Ipswich and it is good that he has attended the opening."
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