Coles is one of Australia’s two dominant supermarket chains, along with Woolworths. Coles also includes major bottleshop chains Liquorland, First Choice and Vintage Cellars.
In April of 2007 Wesfarmers announced a takeover bid for the Coles Group, which was completed in November of that year. The former Coles Group also included such businesses as Kmart, Target, and Officeworks.
In November 2018, Wesfarmers shareholders voted to demerge the Coles supermarket business, and the Melbourne-based business began trading independently on the ASX again on 21 November 2018.