Checkers brings world-class retail to Constantia with new flagship store

Nov 26, 2019
Adrian Saunders (Branch Manager), Gavin Wilson (Divisional Manager Checkers Western Cape), Willem Hunlun (Chief Operating Officer: Checkers), Suzelle DIY, Pieter Engelbrecth (Chief Executive Officer) and Arnold Johannes (Deputy Divisional Manager Checkers Western Cape).

Checkers today opened the doors to its state-of-the-art 2 330 m² flagship supermarket at the Constantia Emporium as the retailer continues to take innovation to new heights.

The new world-class store offers customers unique experiences including:

  • Freshly-made artisanal breads and pastries and a sophisticated range of confectioneries and luxury cakes;

  • A coffee bar with an artisanal coffee roaster and seated area;

  • A temperature-controlled tasting room with wines from over 100 leading estates, more international wines than any other supermarket, authentic French champagne and the widest range of Italian prosecco;

  • Famous Wild Pacific salmon caviar served at the sushi bar;

  • Delicious hand-stretched, stone baked pizzas straight from the oven;

  • A decadent chocolatier bar with hand-crafted artisanal chocolates from My Sugar; 

  • An in-store Kauai with its famous salads, wraps and smoothies;

  • A selection of meats and veggies expertly prepared on an imported rodizio grill.

The new Checkers Constantia is a world-class store that offers customers unique experiences.

The store sources many of its products from local owner-run suppliers including SCHOON bakery, Exotic Taste (pickles, achar and sauces), the Nut Man (yoghurt, caramel and vanilla cinnamon caramel cashew nuts), Soet Cakes and My Sugar. 

The opening of Checkers Constantia follows the launch of Checkers Hyper Sandton City in September 2019 as the supermarket chain continues to customise its offering through innovation and its increasingly sophisticated understanding of customers’ needs.

Various design enhancements include wider aisles and seamless floors that allow trolleys to move with limited noise. Fresh departments are designed as dedicated destination areas, offering customers an artisanal market experience within the supermarket environment. 

More than 140 new jobs were created with the opening of Checkers Constantia. 98 of the total store complement of 186 are women.

Among the store’s many sustainability measures are energy-efficient lighting and 100% recyclable and compostable paper bags carrying the new standardised On Pack Recycling Labels (OPRLs) recycling instructions, as per WWF-SA guidelines.

Checkers Constantia is establishing an organic community food garden at the Constantia Primary School and has earmarked The Ark City of Refuge to collect surplus food from its store.

More than 140 new jobs were created with this store opening, and 98 of the total store complement of 186, are women. The store will be managed by seasoned Branch Manager Adrian Saunders, who joined the Shoprite Group in 2016 and has more than 30 years’ experience in retail.

Branch Manager Adrian Saunders, joined the Shoprite Group in 2016 and has more than 30 years’ experience in retail.
“Checkers Constantia is a flagship store and we are so excited to provide our shoppers with a fantastic new store and a world-class shopping experience.”

- Branch Manager Adrian Saunders

 

Checkers Constantia’s trading hours are 08:00 - 20:00 from Mondays to Sundays.