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Farrer Shopping Centre IGA

By erephyshy - 7 June 2011 41

As residents of Farrer, we were disgusted to learn that IGA has bought Wilson’s Organics and plan to open on that site.

What about the resident Farrer Supermarket, that is well-priced, well run, by Greg and Belinda, who have endeavoured to give the community a great supermarket? They even give Southlands a run for their money, often being cheaper.

Where is the incentive to invest in local business, when IGA, who are supposed to be for the local community, will come in and buy up and put the local bloke out of business?

There is a petition available to be signed at the Farrer Supermarket, so come on all you people who want to stand up for small business, take a trip to Farrer and help by signing the petition.

The ACT government has a great deal to answer for and it is up to the local community to do what is right, for the local community.

What’s Your opinion?


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Farrer Shopping Centre IGA
xperfect_darkx 9:06 pm 07 Jun 11

erephyshy said :

The comments have been so wrong so far, we just feel for these people, we have seen them carrying groceries out for the elderly, involving themselves in the community and trying really hard to make a go of their shop. If IGA goes in there it may as well be woolies going in beside them.

I’m sorry I work at an IGA, and we the staff, and the two owners regularly carry groceries out for the elderly (or those with too much to carry on their own without bothering with a trolley), the bosses have sponsored several local sporting teams, they regularly donate large amounts of bread and sausages to the local school and they too are ‘trying really hard to make a go of their shop’, how is it any different?

It’s the INDEPENDENT Grocers of Australia, and I wonder why Greg and Belinda didn’t just buy a franchise? As ours seems to be doing pretty damn well for itself.

You should also look into the IGA community chest, which donates a portion of profit from selected items to it’s chosen beneficiaries, ie. ‘for local activities the beneficiaries are chosen by the local stores’. I think that counts as contributing to the local community, no?

what_the 8:43 pm 07 Jun 11

You’ve failed to argue any point here. You’ve said they’ve already sold it to IGA, now there’s a petition. Are you trying to say coersion is at play? 7 people so far have no idea what you’re on about.

Jethro 8:41 pm 07 Jun 11

erephyshy said :

No we are not Greg and Belinda, Wilsons Organics was a separate store in the Farrer shopping centre. The Farrer Supermarket is owned by Greg and Belinda, who will probably lose their shop if IGA opens. Is this so hard for you to understand? The petition is to stop IGA from ruining a small supermarket that is already there. The comments have been so wrong so far, we just feel for these people, we have seen them carrying groceries out for the elderly, involving themselves in the community and trying really hard to make a go of their shop. If IGA goes in there it may as well be woolies going in beside them.

On the one hand, surely the free market will decide which shop is the better one. If Greg and Belinda run such a great shop they shouldn’t be worried.

On the other hand, I’m outraged. Competition in the market. Disgraceful.

mouthface 8:37 pm 07 Jun 11

erephyshy said :

No we are not Greg and Belinda, Wilsons Organics was a separate store in the Farrer shopping centre. The Farrer Supermarket is owned by Greg and Belinda, who will probably lose their shop if IGA opens. Is this so hard for you to understand? The petition is to stop IGA from ruining a small supermarket that is already there. The comments have been so wrong so far, we just feel for these people, we have seen them carrying groceries out for the elderly, involving themselves in the community and trying really hard to make a go of their shop. If IGA goes in there it may as well be woolies going in beside them.

Why will they lose their shop? If they are as good as you say they are, and people in the community like what they do, then nobody will shop at the IGA and they will survive. What makes you think that the (probably equally nice) folks at the IGA won’t take groceries out for the elderly? It is a cruel fact of the free market that businesses are allowed to open and compete. I also am involved in a business, and know how hard it is, but your soft spot for your local grocer seems a little over the top. You know they are in it to make a dollar like everybody else, right? They aren’t performing some special public service out of the goodness of their hearts. They will probably have to come up with ways to keep their customer base, and judging by what you tell me, they are more than capable of providing a good service so their customers should stick with them. Other than that, I don’t see what you think will be achieved by a petition, and who is the petition appealing to anyway? Which authority figure is going to be moved by the petition to come down to Farrer shops and make everything right for poor Greg and Belinda, who – if they were thinking straight in the first place – should have approached IGA to become a member of that organisation and gained all the buying power and marketing back up given to its members, and probably gained some exclusivity in their suburb.

cranky 8:36 pm 07 Jun 11

Bit puzzled by this.

Why would IGA buy out Wilsons Organics when there are about another 4 premises for lease, some with cojoined walls, available in the same centre.

Wilsons have built up the business, but have managed to create a shopfront most unlike any which would be considered normal for a retail outlet. IGA will spend a lot of money to reintroduce display windows/wide auto doors etc.

Having said that, I too would be sad to see the existing business damaged, and consider IGA to be really reaching the bottom if they are prepared to offer competition and wait for the existing business to close. How long do they wait?

Another major advantage held by the existing business is the Australia Post agency, which I doubt would ever be part of the IGA business plan. And Belinda is bloody good as the Postmistress. Main reason I use the business.

Watson 8:34 pm 07 Jun 11

erephyshy said :

No we are not Greg and Belinda, Wilsons Organics was a separate store in the Farrer shopping centre. The Farrer Supermarket is owned by Greg and Belinda, who will probably lose their shop if IGA opens. Is this so hard for you to understand? The petition is to stop IGA from ruining a small supermarket that is already there. The comments have been so wrong so far, we just feel for these people, we have seen them carrying groceries out for the elderly, involving themselves in the community and trying really hard to make a go of their shop. If IGA goes in there it may as well be woolies going in beside them.

I didn’t even know there were independent supermarkets in Canberra…

But I also don’t get how anyone can prevent someone from opening a store. Though now I think of it, a friend of mine wanted to open a clothes store in Dickson a few years ago and was prevented from renting a shop in the main drag because the owner of the existing clothes store there lodged a complaint about ‘unfair competition’ or something. I’m vague on the details now and am not even sure which authority dealt with the complaint, but the gist of it was that she argued that there wasn’t a large enough customer base to support two such stores and she won. I doubt a petition would’ve helped her cause though…

Classified 8:23 pm 07 Jun 11

erephyshy said :

No we are not Greg and Belinda, Wilsons Organics was a separate store in the Farrer shopping centre. The Farrer Supermarket is owned by Greg and Belinda, who will probably lose their shop if IGA opens. Is this so hard for you to understand? The petition is to stop IGA from ruining a small supermarket that is already there. The comments have been so wrong so far, we just feel for these people, we have seen them carrying groceries out for the elderly, involving themselves in the community and trying really hard to make a go of their shop. If IGA goes in there it may as well be woolies going in beside them.

Honestly, if it’s that good, and they have such a solid community following, then they should have nothing to worry about.

erephyshy 8:15 pm 07 Jun 11

No we are not Greg and Belinda, Wilsons Organics was a separate store in the Farrer shopping centre. The Farrer Supermarket is owned by Greg and Belinda, who will probably lose their shop if IGA opens. Is this so hard for you to understand? The petition is to stop IGA from ruining a small supermarket that is already there. The comments have been so wrong so far, we just feel for these people, we have seen them carrying groceries out for the elderly, involving themselves in the community and trying really hard to make a go of their shop. If IGA goes in there it may as well be woolies going in beside them.

Watson 7:55 pm 07 Jun 11

I’m confused… What does the petition say? Who is it aimed at? What is the ACT Government’s role in this?

So many questions and I don’t even know where Farrer is!

Classified 7:41 pm 07 Jun 11

Residents of Farrer should be thankful for the competition bringing better service at lower prices.

what_the 6:52 pm 07 Jun 11

Last I checked it wasn’t IGA that was part of the duopoly that controls 80% of the supermarket share. Go have a whinge to Coles and Woolies!

mouthface 5:54 pm 07 Jun 11

What a bizarre post! A guy sells his supermarket and you’re disgusted? Seriously, IGA is just a buying group and made up of small business people, therefore your local IGA is just a version of “your local bloke” (IGA stands for Independent Grocers of Australia, I think). The petition is really the funniest thing I’ve heard. What do you hope to achieve? Stop someone from selling their business? Stop someone from opening a business? I’m sure there are Trade Practices laws designed to allow people to conduct their business in this normal fashion.
It seems you are upset that you are going to lose a service that you liked in your neighbourhood, and fair enough, but this is hardly cause for petitions. If it offends you so much, why don’t you buy the supermarket and keep it as it is?

Sammy 4:59 pm 07 Jun 11

Why do you need a petition to say that you support the existing local supermarket? Why not just shop there to show your loyalty?

krasny 4:47 pm 07 Jun 11

So are you Greg, or Belinda?

Seriously, though, you don’t have to shop there, and if the competition really are reasonably priced then they won’t lose any custom to an IGA.

RiotFrog 4:25 pm 07 Jun 11

You make it sound like the evil IGA forced Wilson’s Organics to sell, against their will.
Surely this is just business as usual? Build up a business, then sell it?

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