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Analysis: Now that lockdown’s over, what’s next for Covid’s retail winners?

Coles CEO reports gradual return to normalcy. Image: Bigstock.
The last two years have been tumultuous, uncertain and transformative. The one constant for many of us, aside from daily Covid press conferences, has been our national retailers. As everything was shutting down around them, our ever-reliable retailers stayed the course as an essential service open rain, hail or shine.  This resilience and consistency have done wonders for the brand health of Australian retail icons including Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Officeworks, Bunnings and JB Hifi. These