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An end to Stalinist supermarket planning. Now incumbency to rule

By johnboy - 7 May 2013 26

Andrew Barr has announced he’s going to stop playing dollhouses with supermarkets in the ACT:

In its response the Government notes that there have been several important changes in the Territory’s supermarket sector since 2010, when the Government introduced the Supermarket Competition Policy Implementation Plan (SCPIP).

These changes include:

— The new ‘full-line’ supermarkets to be built in Dickson, Kingston, Casey and Amaroo, which will address the undersupply of such stores in Gungahlin and central Canberra;

— Supabarn’s creation of a new wholesaling operation, and the arrival of Costco in the ACT, both of which will see increased competition in the local grocery wholesaling market; and

— A shift in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s approach to the supermarket sector. In particular, the ACCC has been undertaking vigorous work in regulating supermarket competition across Australia.

Further, as part of the implementation of the SCPIP a site in Chisholm has been sold to Aldi, and potential sites for new full-line supermarkets and the expansion of existing supermarkets have been considered during master planning work for Erindale, Kambah Village and Weston.

As a result of the changes to the local supermarket sector and the ACCC’s greater level of scrutiny, the ACT Government will reduce its level of direct intervention in the sector and withdraw the SCPIP.

While there will no longer be a direct role for the SCPIP, the ACT Government will continue to play an important role in shaping the Territory’s supermarket sector by ensuring that the Territory Plan and other planning activities provide appropriate support for local centres. In its response to the Inquiry, the ACT Government reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining a clearly defined hierarchy of shopping centres across Canberra.

Having achieved retailing nirvana Andrew now wants prospective new players to justify their proposed existence:

Further, proponents of new supermarket space will also be required in some circumstances to prepare a small business impact statement for similar businesses that are already trading in the same geographic market.

While no longer maintaining a formalised supermarket competition policy, the Government will continue to consider supporting proposals to boost competition. Should exceptional circumstances arise the government will retain its prerogative to sell land directly to particular supermarket operators.

It is important to note that the ACCC will continue to monitor and regulate the acquisitions of supermarkets and supermarket sites. And the ACT Government will continue to support the work of the ACCC to ensure the best outcomes for supermarket competition.

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Canberra_100 4:42 pm 16 May 13

aussieboy said :

Canberra_100 said :

There are 4 supermarkets in Civic. There is an IGA at City West, there is a SupaIGA at East Row, and ALDI and Superbarn in the Canberra Centre. Of these I reckon Superbarn is the best and it has the best fruit and veg and best meat of any supermarket in Canberra. Much better than waiting at the checkouts for 10 day old fruit and veg at Colesworth.

Do yourself a favour and also take a visit to OPSM.

You clearly have no idea what a supermarket is. A supermarket has a full in-store bakery and butchery, and is open from 6am-midnight, 7 days a week.

The IGAs are nothing more than convenience stores. Supabarn is technically a supermarket, but it’s a very small store with a limited range and prices sky high. The fresh produce is anything but fresh and the bakery is extremely limited.

They close at 10pm and despite closing this early have the audacity to pack up the fresh produce section around 9:15. They don’t even bother to keep a single big register open late at night, so you have to go through the express lane with a massive trolley (which you’ve had to pay a deposit for!!).

They’d go broke in a week flat if Woolworths moved in next door. Their business is scary example of why we don’t let governments regulate things unless it’s absolutely necessary.

So you think a supermarket is somewhere where you have to wait in long queues buying 10 day old fruit, veg and meat that has been stuck in some distribution centre waiting to go to the shop floor and worst part about it is you pay top dollar for crap product.

No doubt your bike has a big red hand on it where the bike seat belongs as you pedal the 3km to Colesworths in Dickson.

As far as going broke I’ve been shopping at Superbarn and ALDI in the city for years and they are still there to date. I’d hate to think what prices Colesworth would charge if it wasn’t for the likes of Superbarn and ALDI, now there’s a scary thought for you…. Why do you think Colesworth have different pricing structures for different areas?

aussieboy 3:53 pm 10 May 13

Canberra_100 said :

There are 4 supermarkets in Civic. There is an IGA at City West, there is a SupaIGA at East Row, and ALDI and Superbarn in the Canberra Centre. Of these I reckon Superbarn is the best and it has the best fruit and veg and best meat of any supermarket in Canberra. Much better than waiting at the checkouts for 10 day old fruit and veg at Colesworth.

Do yourself a favour and also take a visit to OPSM.

You clearly have no idea what a supermarket is. A supermarket has a full in-store bakery and butchery, and is open from 6am-midnight, 7 days a week.

The IGAs are nothing more than convenience stores. Supabarn is technically a supermarket, but it’s a very small store with a limited range and prices sky high. The fresh produce is anything but fresh and the bakery is extremely limited.

They close at 10pm and despite closing this early have the audacity to pack up the fresh produce section around 9:15. They don’t even bother to keep a single big register open late at night, so you have to go through the express lane with a massive trolley (which you’ve had to pay a deposit for!!).

They’d go broke in a week flat if Woolworths moved in next door. Their business is scary example of why we don’t let governments regulate things unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Pork Hunt 5:54 pm 09 May 13

Felix the Cat said :

aussieboy said :

Now can we please have a Coles/Woolworths in Civic?

Not everyone has a car or has time to catch a bus out to Dickson or Belconnen 3 times a week (it’s impossible to carry a week’s worth of groceries on a bike).

There’s 3000 (mainly poverty-stricken) students in self-catered campus accommodation at ANU who would benefit + anyone else who’s made the responsible decision to choose high density CBD car-free living.

There’s a pretty well stocked IGA on Marcus Clarke St. Most of their prices seem comparable to Colesworth.

IGA one day Spar the next. Changed two or three weeks ago…

Canberra_100 4:49 pm 09 May 13

aussieboy said :

Now can we please have a Coles/Woolworths in Civic?

Not everyone has a car or has time to catch a bus out to Dickson or Belconnen 3 times a week (it’s impossible to carry a week’s worth of groceries on a bike).

There’s 3000 (mainly poverty-stricken) students in self-catered campus accommodation at ANU who would benefit + anyone else who’s made the responsible decision to choose high density CBD car-free living.

There are 4 supermarkets in Civic. There is an IGA at City West, there is a SupaIGA at East Row, and ALDI and Superbarn in the Canberra Centre. Of these I reckon Superbarn is the best and it has the best fruit and veg and best meat of any supermarket in Canberra. Much better than waiting at the checkouts for 10 day old fruit and veg at Colesworth.

Do yourself a favour and also take a visit to OPSM.

Felix the Cat 2:00 pm 09 May 13

aussieboy said :

Now can we please have a Coles/Woolworths in Civic?

Not everyone has a car or has time to catch a bus out to Dickson or Belconnen 3 times a week (it’s impossible to carry a week’s worth of groceries on a bike).

There’s 3000 (mainly poverty-stricken) students in self-catered campus accommodation at ANU who would benefit + anyone else who’s made the responsible decision to choose high density CBD car-free living.

There’s a pretty well stocked IGA on Marcus Clarke St. Most of their prices seem comparable to Colesworth.

what_the 1:31 pm 09 May 13

aussieboy said :

Now can we please have a Coles/Woolworths in Civic?

Not everyone has a car or has time to catch a bus out to Dickson or Belconnen 3 times a week (it’s impossible to carry a week’s worth of groceries on a bike).

There’s 3000 (mainly poverty-stricken) students in self-catered campus accommodation at ANU who would benefit + anyone else who’s made the responsible decision to choose high density CBD car-free living.

There’s a Superbarn in civic. It’s not like people don’t have access in civic.

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