KRISPY Kreme Doughnuts, Hungry Jacks, Wok in a Box and AFL great Tony Modra were just some of the special treats at the On The Run Port Augusta opening.
OTR held a special community event for invited guests on Tuesday night, September 12, before spontaneously opening its doors to the public for the first time that same night at 9pm.
The mega convenience store and petrol station officially launched the following day, with locals flooding through the doors to try out the variety of food options.
SA Football Hall of Famer Modra arrived in Port Augusta to promote the new store, signing autographs, taking photos and chatting with his adoring fans.
With OTR creating about 75 jobs for local residents, Modra said he was impressed by both the facilities and the employment opportunities.
“I know how important this is to the local community, especially by creating jobs, which is fantastic,” he said. “The locals here are all pretty keen to have a look at something new in the town.”
I know how important this is to the local community, especially by creating jobs, which is fantastic.Tony Modra
In addition to the array of food brands, including barista-made C Coffee, Moe’s Dog and Shake, and EAT’s range of bakery goods and cakes, the convenience store also has dedicated facilities for truck drivers.
The truck drivers’ lounge includes televisions, showers, laundry facilities and state-of-the art bathrooms, allowing people that are transitioning through Port Augusta to stop, relax and have a break.
OTR General Manager of Food Mel Millard said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the reception the store received on its opening, deeming Krispy Kreme, Wok in a Box and Hungry Jacks as the most popular choices so far.
“Hungry Jacks has always been very popular here in Port Augusta and Krispy Kreme has been getting a lot of attention … there are a lot of boxes of a dozen donuts walking out the door, which is pleasing,” she said.
“But Wok in a Box is also getting a lot of trial, so I think those three brands are pulling people in for the moment.”
Ms Millard thanked the Port Augusta community for giving OTR such a warm welcome into the town.
“… To open a shop of this size just says that we have a lot of faith in the people that are here,” she said.