Two Woolworths supermarkets in Sydney to CLOSE as areas suffer through harsh lockdown with customers forced to order online – so is your local affected?
- Woolworths to shut two south-west Sydney stores in Fairfield and Cecil Hills
- Stores turn into online delivery hubs to help vulnerable and those self-isolating
- Alternative supermarkets within a 5km radius will remain open to customers
- Woolworths stores will retain all current staff and open up an extra 200 roles
Two Woolworths stores in Sydney’s Covid-ravaged south-west have been closed, with customers forced to shop online until further notice.
The stores in Fairfield and Cecil Hills will temporarily close and turn into online delivery hubs to support those unable to shop in-store, including the vulnerable and people self-isolating.
Fairfield Woolworths will shut its doors at 10pm on Wednesday, while the Cecil Hills store will remain open until 10pm, Friday, with no date earmarked for reopening.
Woolworths Fairfield (pictured) will be the first to close its doors at 10pm Wednesday as it’s converted into an online delivery hub
The supermarket giant said the two stores were ‘carefully selected’ to minimise the impact on local shoppers, saying alternative stores within a five kilometre radius will remain open.
While the temporary measure is in place, Woolworths has increased its delivery capacity to accommodate thousands of extra online orders to its locked-down Western Sydney customers.
All staff at both stores will be retained to dispatch orders with an additional 200 workers recruited to support demand for online delivery and direct to boot services.
The Cecil Hills store (pictured) will remain open until Friday – with no date in place for the Western Sydney supermarkets reopening
Woolworths will retain staff at both stores opening up an additional 200 roles to cope with the demand of online delivery and direct to boot services (pictured)
‘The demand for online delivery continues to grow, particularly in Western Sydney, with more customers in self-isolation or seeking to limit their outings,’ said Woolworths Operations Manager for Western Sydney, Ian Roper.
‘We understand this will be inconvenient for some of our in-store customers and have sought to minimise this as much as we can, by converting stores in close proximity to others.’
Last year Woolworths took a similar approach converting a handful of stores in Sydney and Melbourne to meet online demand and support customers during the state’s initial Covid-19 lockdowns.
Woolworths Operations Manager for Western Sydney, Ian Roper, says the move comes as more customers are in self-isolation or seeking to limit their outings (shopper pictured during Sydney’s lockdown)
This comes as a south-west Sydney man died in his home after contracting the highly infectious Indian Delta strain.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the man, who was in his 20s, was unvaccinated and died ‘suddenly’ on day 13 of his isolation.
Ady Al-Askar collapsed in the shower of his Liverpool home on Tuesday afternoon and was unable to be revived.
The 27-year-old had been isolating with his wife, Yasmin, an aged care nurse who first contracted the virus and brought it home from work.
Overnight, the state recorded 233 local Covid-19 cases with 47 infectious while in the community.