The reaction from shoppers was mostly positive as Bomaderry Woolworths opened its doors to the public on Wednesday, August 5.
The car park was nearly full and the supermarket was bustling inside as locals checked out the new store.
"I think it's pretty good, it's a lot closer than going into town," shopper Karina Ninkov said.
"It's fantastic, really excellent. It should have been here a long time ago," another shopper said.
Woolworths' newest supermarket, a $30 million investment in the Shoalhaven, has opened in Bomaderry.
The complex on Cambewarra Road officially opened Wednesday, August 5, bringing what the company describes as "fresh food and convenient shopping options".
The shopping centre development houses Woolworths and includes an adjacent BWS store, employing 117 local team members.
That includes 41 team members 18 and under and more than 40 internal transfers from other stores, bringing with them years of fresh food expertise to the new Woolworths.
Partnering with Australian farmers, the new store has a focus on a great range of local fresh fruit and vegetables, while customers will also enjoy 100 per cent Australian meat.
Support for local producers is also a focus, with products being ranged from local brands such as Unicorn Cheese and South Coast Dairy, and local wine brands such as Coolangatta Estate wines or Simall wines from the Shoalhaven wine region at BWS.
Woolworths Bomaderry store manager, Kristy Dale said the company was "pleased to be able to offer so many employment opportunities for the local community".
"The store has a rustic yet future-proof design with a real community spirit.
"We're fortunate to have the opportunity to work with some of Australia's best fresh food producers around the country and we're proud to also house our very own favourite local brands like Unicorn Cheese and South Coast Dairy.
"We also know that every dollar counts, which is why we also have hundreds of specials in our catalogue every week and we encourage locals to make full use of it."
She said locals can be rest assured that the safety and health of teams and customers remains the top priority.
"We have hygiene and social distancing measures in place, including hand sanitisation stations at the entrance and plexiglass screens at checkouts," she said.
"Being part of the local community is very important to us, so we're proud to support local community groups through our stores and are focused on minimising food waste.
"We're extending our current partnership from our Nowra store with Australian Mercy, a local volunteer organisation that helps provide meals to locals in need.
"We're also committed to reducing our impact on the environment and operating our stores more sustainably, so a lot has changed behind the scenes too."
The new Bomaderry store is fitted with LED lights to reduce power usage, switched to carbon-efficient refrigeration and air-conditioning systems and has an area in-store where customers can bring in their soft plastics to be recycled.
All the usual favourites are available including a deli, bakery, butcher, a seafood section and the adjoining BWS.
Hundreds of certified organic lines, loose nuts, seeds and grains and an expanded gluten-free range to suit various dietary requirements is also available in the Macro Wholefoods Market.
Bomaderry Woolworths is opened from 7am to 9pm, seven days a week.