I was in Mawson the other day, and stopped in at the Swinger Hill shops. The Friendly Grocer is only new there, and I was surprised to find items on the shelf that I thought were only found in my home state of South Australia – yo-yo biscuits for one. When i mentioned this to the owner, he advised me that they are trying to stock the shelves with products that are synonymous with each of the states and territories, to cater for the multitudes of people who are transferred here from around australia, and occasionally would like something to eat or drink that reminds them of home.
Ambitious? you bet.
He has been asking people what they would want to see in the store, I wrote down Bung Fritz and Mettwurst, after all, it is a lot easier to drop over to him for Fritz instead of wait for the rare care packages from my family. He is also trying to get Woody’s lemonade, which would be an accomplishment in itself.
Here is the thing. If there is a product that you could see yourself dropping into the Swinger Hill Friendly Grocer to pick up on a regular basis, that you can’t get here and reminds you of home, anywhere in australia, pop in and mention it to the staff. chances are, they either have had requests for it, and are getting it, or it is on the shelf already.