Hankook supermarkets will start selling the locally grown fruit and vegetables it grows at its three-storey plant in Sydney’s north-east this year, the supermarket chain said.
The Hankook’s new farm-to-storefront model, which comes after the company was criticised for a recent decision to close its Hutt store in Newcastle and move its operations to Melbourne, follows an investment in its Humbug site in northern New South Wales.
The Hankooks first store opened in the early 1980s, but it closed last year after selling the land to an Indonesian investor who had promised to pay for the store.
“We’re very excited to be opening a new store in the city of Sydney, which is just a few years ahead of the CBD,” Hankook chief executive officer and managing director Tom O’Sullivan said.
The Hutt plant has been shuttered for more than a decade, but Mr O’Suilleigh said it was in line with Hankook ‘s growth strategy.
“We believe it’s an exciting opportunity for us to deliver our vision of Hutt as a destination city for local farmers,” he said.
“The Humbugs’ farm has been a source of pride to us for decades, and we’re looking forward to bringing this wonderful and locally grown bounty to the community.”
Hankook said the Humbuks had also invested in an industrial building in Hobart, where it plans to build a new plant.