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Screaming out for Independence in Braddon

By Alexandra Craig - 22 July 2014 57

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Braddon is pumping. It’s pretty much your one stop shop. You can indulge in a delicious breakfast at Elk and Pea, get a killer haircut at AXIS, stop for a cold pressed juice and some scrumptious bread at Autolyse and then grab some groceries from the IGA on your way home. One problem: there is no IGA in Braddon!

If you live in Braddon, chances are you’re not happy that we don’t have a supermarket. I am one of those people.

Braddon has three liquor stores (four if you count the brand spankin’ new Bentspoke Brewery), a plethora of cafes and restaurants, some quirky homewares stores, an Officeworks and even an optometrist! You can buy a used car in Braddon and even get it washed on the way home but you can’t buy toilet paper or a box of Dilmah tea.

‘Don’t be so lazy, just walk to the Canberra Centre and go to Supabarn!,’ I hear you scream. I get this. Kind of. I often walk to Supabarn instead of driving (really, who wants to pay $73 to park at the Canberra Centre for eight minutes?) but if I’m hanging out on Lonsdale Street and I want to grab a few groceries on my way home, I don’t want to walk nearly a kilometre in the opposite direction. No one does. The Canberra Centre is the absolute pits, and on an icy cold day the last thing I want to do is walk a longer distance to get my hands on some decent groceries. Besides, if you’re walking back to Braddon with shopping bags your arms are going to get sore very quickly.

If you don’t want to walk to the Canberra Centre, your next option is to drive (or bike) to the IGA at either Ainslie or O’Connor, or make the trek to Dickson Woolworths which is it’s own special kind of hell.

I want quick. I want easy. I want convenience. Don’t try and tell me to go to one of Braddon’s four petrol stations. Convenience does not equal overpriced random branded ‘groceries’ from the 7-11 or the BP. The options available at petrol stations just don’t cut it.

Other IGAs in Canberra stock a decent variety of brands, including the delicious Lindsay and Edmunds chocolate – bonus points for stocking handmade chocolate entirely produced in Canberra! The only chocolate you’ll get at a petrol station is a squished Mars Bar or a semi intact Caramello Koala if you’re lucky.

Braddon is where it’s at. We have everything here and most of us are really cool. We desperately need an IGA though. Our O’Connor and Ainslie neighbours have had their own IGA for ages and we can’t deal with their bragging any longer.

What’s Your opinion?


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57 Responses to
Screaming out for Independence in Braddon
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MrPC 8:30 am
22 Jul 14
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There’s an IGA about a hundred metres from the border of Braddon, at the city bus interchange. Close enough for you?

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astrojax 9:15 am
22 Jul 14
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MrPC said :

There’s an IGA about a hundred metres from the border of Braddon, at the city bus interchange. Close enough for you?

and a supermarket in lowanna street…

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Rollersk8r 9:32 am
22 Jul 14
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And I want to commute to work by waterslide! But do you think they’ll build that??

Joking. But there are countless places in the inner north where you have to walk much further to get to a shop.

The shopping centre in Giralang, for example, closed in 2005 and has been caught up in legal fighting ever since – so be thankful for your food, coffee and haircut! 😛

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Holden Caulfield 9:38 am
22 Jul 14
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Well why don’t you open one yourself.

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Ghettosmurf87 9:40 am
22 Jul 14
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“‘Don’t be so lazy, just walk to the Canberra Centre and go to Supabarn!,’ I hear you scream. I get this. Kind of. I often walk to Supabarn instead of driving (really, who wants to pay $73 to park at the Canberra Centre for eight minutes?) but if I’m hanging out on Lonsdale Street and I want to grab a few groceries on my way home, I don’t want to walk nearly a kilometre in the opposite direction. No one does. “

You do realise that most people who live in suburbs with local shops and therefore an IGA, already have to walk more than a kilometre to get to those shops? Braddon is not a closed community from which you should never leave you know. Be thankful that there is SO MUCH amenity in the suburb already. You’re doing way better than pretty every other suburb in Canberra. I grew up in Giralang. My place was probably 1.5km from the shops (yes, i remember the days when we had shops there) and I loved doing that walk as a kid to get the newspaper or some groceries and picking up a treat from the bakery or an ice-cream for the walk home.

You’ve got it damn good already, so yes DON’T BE LAZY. As mentioned, there is Supabarn within a kilometre, even if it means you have to turn your nose up while you’re in it because it’s not hipster enough for you and there’s an IGA in the bus interchange just a few hundred more meteres away if that is what you so desperately crave,

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pierce 9:54 am
22 Jul 14
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There used to be a small supermarket next to the bottle shop in Lonsdale St, maybe where Autolyse is now. That was in the mid noughties maybe?

Nobody went there and they shut down after less than a year.

My guess is that if someone thought they could make a buck from it, you’d have one.

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Kalliste 9:58 am
22 Jul 14
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astrojax said :

MrPC said :

There’s an IGA about a hundred metres from the border of Braddon, at the city bus interchange. Close enough for you?

and a supermarket in lowanna street…

I think calling that a supermarket is a bit far. They’re about as good value for money as a petrol station and you have to make sure everything is still within expiry dates.

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Maya123 10:04 am
22 Jul 14
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I should go and check out the Braddon area again and see how it has progressed. I saw it ages ago and it was more exciting then than the boring mall. It’s a shame this development is happening here though. It should be happening in the main part of Civic with its bus terminal, but the mall drained the life out of Civic. When I visit the mall to shop it doesn’t invite me to hang around. I get what I need to buy and leave. I was disappointed the mall was allowed to expand and kill off Civic even more.
But now Braddon is responding to that, so that is good, but it should have been in Civic.

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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:24 am
22 Jul 14
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I’m trying so hard to empathise with the OP, but I just can’t manage it. If you want to live in a neighbourhood where “you can indulge in a delicious breakfast at Elk and Pea, get a killer haircut at AXIS, stop for a cold pressed juice and some scrumptious bread at Autolyse”, and all this 5 mins from the city, then you probably aren’t the target demographic for a discounted grocery store.

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Alexandra Craig 10:47 am
22 Jul 14
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VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I’m trying so hard to empathise with the OP, but I just can’t manage it. If you want to live in a neighbourhood where “you can indulge in a delicious breakfast at Elk and Pea, get a killer haircut at AXIS, stop for a cold pressed juice and some scrumptious bread at Autolyse”, and all this 5 mins from the city, then you probably aren’t the target demographic for a discounted grocery store.

I wouldn’t say an IGA is “discounted”. In my experience they’re usually more expensive that larger chain supermarkets like Coles or Woolworths. I don’t think this is a bad thing either. You have to support the little guy from time to time.

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Alexandra Craig 10:48 am
22 Jul 14
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Ghettosmurf87 said :

“‘Don’t be so lazy, just walk to the Canberra Centre and go to Supabarn!,’ I hear you scream. I get this. Kind of. I often walk to Supabarn instead of driving (really, who wants to pay $73 to park at the Canberra Centre for eight minutes?) but if I’m hanging out on Lonsdale Street and I want to grab a few groceries on my way home, I don’t want to walk nearly a kilometre in the opposite direction. No one does. “

You do realise that most people who live in suburbs with local shops and therefore an IGA, already have to walk more than a kilometre to get to those shops? Braddon is not a closed community from which you should never leave you know. Be thankful that there is SO MUCH amenity in the suburb already. You’re doing way better than pretty every other suburb in Canberra. I grew up in Giralang. My place was probably 1.5km from the shops (yes, i remember the days when we had shops there) and I loved doing that walk as a kid to get the newspaper or some groceries and picking up a treat from the bakery or an ice-cream for the walk home.

You’ve got it damn good already, so yes DON’T BE LAZY. As mentioned, there is Supabarn within a kilometre, even if it means you have to turn your nose up while you’re in it because it’s not hipster enough for you and there’s an IGA in the bus interchange just a few hundred more meteres away if that is what you so desperately crave,

It’s not about not leaving Braddon. It’s about convenience while I’m in Braddon.

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Alexandra Craig 10:49 am
22 Jul 14
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Rollersk8r said :

And I want to commute to work by waterslide! But do you think they’ll build that??

Joking. But there are countless places in the inner north where you have to walk much further to get to a shop.

The shopping centre in Giralang, for example, closed in 2005 and has been caught up in legal fighting ever since – so be thankful for your food, coffee and haircut! 😛

I reckon if you asked Andrew Barr he’d be keen on the waterslide idea. He seems like a fun guy!

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Alexandra Craig 10:51 am
22 Jul 14
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MrPC said :

There’s an IGA about a hundred metres from the border of Braddon, at the city bus interchange. Close enough for you?

No. That’s further away than Supabarn. If there was a Coles on Lonsdale Street I’d go there. I’m not brand specific. The only reason I said IGA was because that’s the most common small grocer but I’m not going to walk extra way so I can just go to an IGA.

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Ghettosmurf87 11:19 am
22 Jul 14
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Alexandra Craig said :

MrPC said :

There’s an IGA about a hundred metres from the border of Braddon, at the city bus interchange. Close enough for you?

No. That’s further away than Supabarn. If there was a Coles on Lonsdale Street I’d go there. I’m not brand specific. The only reason I said IGA was because that’s the most common small grocer but I’m not going to walk extra way so I can just go to an IGA.

Google maps says that, by foot, it is 1.2km from Haig Park at the end of Lonsdale Street to the IGA in the bus interchange. That is approximated at a 14min walk according to said website.

As I mentioned earlier, that’s a whole lot closer than a lot of people in other suburbs are to their own local shops

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watto23 11:33 am
22 Jul 14
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If there was a market for this there would be one. I notice Spar express is popping up as well. Maybe send IGA and Spar an email asking if they have planes to build a supermarket in Braddon.

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