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Giralang shops update

By zagons - 4 December 2008 44

The lessee of the Giralang Shops, Nikias Nominees, has advised GRAG that it favours the Woolworths proposal over other possibilities and those parties have been involved in commercial negotiations.

Both Nikias and Woolworths have independently indicated to GRAG that they are close to reaching final agreement.

GRAG’s position continues to be that it will support any proposal which provides for a quality local centre. 

Nikias has further advised that it is close to finalising plans for the shopping complex which includes a liquor outlet and other small retail premises. It expects to show revised plans to GRAG prior to Christmas.

A traffic study is also said to have been completed. Hence a Development Application may not be far off.

Yuck!!! Who wants another woolies!!!

What’s Your opinion?


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Giralang shops update
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Tetranitrate 2:19 pm
04 Dec 08
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Yay! woolies.
I grew up in Giralang and I’m sure a lot of people around here are going to be very happy.
After the old shops were intentionally run down and closed by the owners in order to allow them try and sell the land to developers, this is quite possibly the best possible outcome for the residents of giralang.

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niftydog 2:23 pm
04 Dec 08
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My concern is that the only reason Woolies would be interested in such a small and out-of-the-way site is that they want to bully Supa Barn out of Kaleen and take over their site.

Can anyone name a Woolies in a comparable suburban situation? All the one’s I can think of are at major shopping centres like Belco, Kippax, Charny, Gungahs, Dickson etc.

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caf 2:25 pm
04 Dec 08
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It sounds a lot better than ending up like the Aranda or Emu Ridge shops.

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Tetranitrate 2:32 pm
04 Dec 08
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niftydog said :

My concern is that the only reason Woolies would be interested in such a small and out-of-the-way site is that they want to bully Supa Barn out of Kaleen and take over their site.

Can anyone name a Woolies in a comparable suburban situation? All the one’s I can think of are at major shopping centres like Belco, Kippax, Charny, Gungahs, Dickson etc.

If by bully you mean compete – sure.
If woolies can offer cheaper prices then superbarn and take most of their business, good for them.

The Superbarn in Kaleen proves that shopping centers are viable in suburban areas and that the death of local shops at the hands of large centers is due in large part to people shopping exclusively at cheaper supermarkets rather then ‘corner stores’.
Suburban Supermakets reflect the best outcome in all of this – local shops with services like newsagents and takeaway can survive and thrive, and people are able to shop conveniently for their groceries.

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threeze 2:46 pm
04 Dec 08
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niftydog, StabwoodCharnwood has a Woolies. It is tiny, poorly laid out, understocked and a pale imitation of the IGA that used to trade there.

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Clown Killer 2:47 pm
04 Dec 08
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niftydog, if you want an example of what sort of shops you’ll end up with you could do worse than taking the trip to Kambah Village at the end of the Tuggeranong Parkway (better pack a map and a waterbag if you’re coming from Belco).

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niftydog 2:50 pm
04 Dec 08
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Tetranitrate said :

If woolies can offer cheaper prices then superbarn and take most of their business, good for them.

Given they’re have a reputation as an anti-competitive, morally bankrupt corporation I’m sure they can, regardless of how much it costs them.

Tetranitrate said :

…the death of local shops at the hands of large centers is due in large part to people shopping exclusively at cheaper supermarkets rather then ‘corner stores’.

If a supermarket is not viable in such a location, then I’d be happy if they don’t build one. I’ll have the tavern back, a decent bakery, a newsagent, a take away…

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aidan 2:51 pm
04 Dec 08
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This is good news. That site is currently very dangerous.

Whilst Woolworths would not be my choice, they do have the benefit of creating their own business, rather than relying on just local residents. This is likely to mean the shops will be more viable in the long term.

Supabarn offer a great product. They have high staff numbers so waiting at checkouts is almost never a problem. If you are dragging kids (or worse, babies) along to the shops this is a huge benefit. Even without kids, who wants to wait in a Supermarket checkout queue?

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justbands 2:55 pm
04 Dec 08
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> Kambah Village at the end of the Tuggeranong Parkway

I went to that Woolies last weekend…won’t make that mistake again.

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niftydog 3:15 pm
04 Dec 08
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Clown Killer said :

if you want an example… Kambah Village

threeze said :

Charnwood has a Woolies.

I know Charny, and I’m guessing Kambah is kinda awful?

If Charny and Kambah are dives, then what hope does a Giralang Woolies have given it’s significantly smaller and much less accessible? It just doesn’t seem to add up.

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justbands 3:17 pm
04 Dec 08
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> I know Charny, and I’m guessing Kambah is kinda awful?

I could not actually believe the state of the fruit & vegies they had there (which is what I was in there to get). Most of it should have been discarded 5 days beforehand.

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Clown Killer 3:21 pm
04 Dec 08
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I’ve given up on Kambah completely and now travel the extra couple of km’s to the Supabarn at Wanniassa – better choice, better produce, easier parking and no bogan attitude from the shop assistants.

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niftydog 3:25 pm
04 Dec 08
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I actually ventured into the f&v section of a woolies the other week and laughed out loud at what I saw – and that’s no exaggeration. It reminded me of those plastic f&v displays that my grandmother had in her dinning room. Thank god you can still buy real food elsewhere.

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VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 3:42 pm
04 Dec 08
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Oooh, big evil corporation! Once again, it’s just a matter of letting the market do its thing. Patronise those shops with service and products and prices you like.

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Roma 3:59 pm
04 Dec 08
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The Woolies in Kambah is pretty bad but not the worst. The only thing I really cant stand about that place is the astonishingly bad fruit and veg.
When I need to do a really big shop I usually go to Woden.

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