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In search of advice on Supermarkets

By johnboy - 16 June 2009 42

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that he’s dragging a former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy Commissioner, Mr John Martin, in to figure out what’s needed in the ACT’s supermarket sector.

    Mr Martin will advise the ACT Government on a range of issues that surround the review, in particular the local implications of the ACCC’s 2008 findings and recommendations in relation to the sector.

    “The ACT Government has led the way in supermarket competition policy for some time, and we can point to tangible outcomes such as the presence of Aldi. For example, Aldi’s growing presence in the ACT was kick started by two direct land sales supported by my Government,” Mr Stanhope said.

    “I believe the Canberra community is well served by a diverse fresh food and grocery sector that does strive to provide choice, convenience and value for money to Canberrans.”

    “However, it is a fast paced industry and we need to have adaptive policy and the best information and advice we can obtain, and that is the reason for the review and the appointment of Mr Martin and the expertise he will bring,” Mr Stanhope added.

(Surely when it comes to Dickson Woolies there can only be one plan: “We take off, nuke the site from orbit”)

UPDATE: The Greens Caroline Le Couteur has expressed pleasure at the appointment while remaining disappointed that there’s been so little action to date.

FURTHER UPDATE: Mr Martin on ABC Radio just expressed his interest in what RiotACT commenters have had to say on the subject so far today. If we can keep the conversation broader than just fruit and veg that would be nice too.

What’s Your opinion?


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In search of advice on Supermarkets
Ryan 5:20 pm 16 Jun 09

In terms of supermarkets in the woolies/coles sense of the word, I’ve always found Supabarn’s fresh food sections to be far superior to the other two.

Clown Killer 4:53 pm 16 Jun 09

Fyshwick markets fruit and vegie prices have been through the roof for the last few years

To be honest I hven’t noticed too much of a hike in prices. We buy pretty much the same stuff from week to week with some seasonal diferences obviously but it always costs around $40-50 for our fruit and vegies. I quite prefer Wiffens for the quality of the goods but they are a little dearer than some of the other vendors at Fyshwick.

peterh 4:36 pm 16 Jun 09

deezagood said :

FC said :

My advice – more fresh fruit and veg stores. Especially in Tuggeranong! I’m don’t like having only the choice of ‘crappy woolworths fruit and veg’ or, ‘crappy woolthworths fruit and veg’.
Put a green grocer at Lanyon! (a bid to any potential store owners!!!)

FC – you must try the fruit and veg shop at Chisholm; they are really terrific (nice people, good quality produce, lots of local stuff etc…). only 10 minutes from you at Lanyon too.

+1
we get all our F&V there. worth the trip from kambah…

jjoking 4:33 pm 16 Jun 09

Fyshwick markets fruit and vegie prices have been through the roof for the last few years

true but mother natures were always a cheaper option in belco, and i think go tropo always had a few really good specials each week at fyswick

YapYapYap 4:12 pm 16 Jun 09

jjoking said :

on the smaller side of things, it seems one family is buying up all the medium sized green grocers, one family now own wiffins, ziggies, they bought go tropo fyswick and turned it into a ziggies and have just bought mother nature belco and are tuning it into another wiffins, soon they will own all both “markets” and what will happen to prices then?

Fyshwick markets fruit and vegie prices have been through the roof for the last few years

YapYapYap 4:10 pm 16 Jun 09

cranky said :

Rumour has it that the ex garden nursery at Southlands, Mawson, may become an Aldi.

Looks like the garden centre building is under demolition as we speak

jjoking 3:58 pm 16 Jun 09

on the smaller side of things, it seems one family is buying up all the medium sized green grocers, one family now own wiffins, ziggies, they bought go tropo fyswick and turned it into a ziggies and have just bought mother nature belco and are tuning it into another wiffins, soon they will own all both “markets” and what will happen to prices then?

Deadmandrinking 3:25 pm 16 Jun 09

Dicko woolies is still better stocked than a lot of suburban ones – and dickson itself is a good complex, lots of little stores where you can find stuff you need.

Jivrashia 1:19 pm 16 Jun 09

Dickson Woolies… never fails to disappoint.
The range of brand appears to be decreasing.

I say raze the site and start all over again (or, on failing that, head to Kaleen Supabarn).

Igglepiggle 12:54 pm 16 Jun 09

I second the trip to Chisholm from Lanyon- much better quality than Woolies, better prices and fresh food. And you can duck into Coles while you are there for non-perishables (on that front, they’re all the same)

cranky 12:08 pm 16 Jun 09

Rumour has it that the ex garden nursery at Southlands, Mawson, may become an Aldi.

motleychick 11:37 am 16 Jun 09

FC – Mother Nature’s at the Tuggers mall is also pretty good.

FC 11:34 am 16 Jun 09

Thanks deezagood. I shall definitly go there next time I do a shop! I wasn’t even aware that they had one there.
cheers 🙂

deezagood 11:19 am 16 Jun 09

FC said :

My advice – more fresh fruit and veg stores. Especially in Tuggeranong! I’m don’t like having only the choice of ‘crappy woolworths fruit and veg’ or, ‘crappy woolthworths fruit and veg’.
Put a green grocer at Lanyon! (a bid to any potential store owners!!!)

FC – you must try the fruit and veg shop at Chisholm; they are really terrific (nice people, good quality produce, lots of local stuff etc…). only 10 minutes from you at Lanyon too.

FC 11:16 am 16 Jun 09

My advice – more fresh fruit and veg stores. Especially in Tuggeranong! I’m don’t like having only the choice of ‘crappy woolworths fruit and veg’ or, ‘crappy woolthworths fruit and veg’.
Put a green grocer at Lanyon! (a bid to any potential store owners!!!)

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