The opening of Myer Grace Bros' Megamart in Sydney's west last week did more than just land a new mainstream retail competitor in the suburb of Auburn. It also created 150 new jobs, 100 of those being permanent full-time positions.
According to James Galloway, managing director of the Coles Myer Limited-owned chain of Megamart stores, the recruitment drive took into full consideration the needs of the community the store will serve.
It is estimated that over 160 different languages are spoken among the diverse multicultural population of Sydney's western suburbs. No less than 30 different languages are spoken by staff of the new Megastore. Each of the multilingual staff on the floor wear badges on their uniforms displaying the national flags of the countries whose language they speak.
Galloway said it was an important and ongoing part of the recruitment strategy for Megamart stores and is crucial to customer satisfaction. "We want the shopping experience at Megamart to be easy, enjoyable and comfortable for all customers including those who speak English as a second language," Galloway said in a speech at the opening ceremony.