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Interesting Local Supermarket

Peter Holland 11 February 2010 31

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.


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motleychick motleychick 10:41 am 11 Oct 10

Ohhh now I really want some Haigh’s Chocolate!! Getting my sister to bring some from Sydney this weekend. YUMMO!

peterh peterh 9:57 am 11 Oct 10

Holden Caulfield said :

clp said :

Just discovered this post searching for something else – might have to head to Swinger Hill – this is fanastic if I can get fruchocs without having to wait for care packages.

Haha, I bought a heap of fruchocs back to Canberra last year. I didn’t think it was humanly possible to eat so many you no longer found them delicious. I have since discovered this is possible and still have a few packets left in the cupboard!

Might have to drop in to the Swinger Hill shop for some Yo-Yos though.

There’s a few Haighs outlets in Melbourne, and we get there a bit more than Adelaide these days, so a Haighs fix is generally not too far away.

Holden,

now there is woodys lemonade and fritz, in whole or half bungs…

mettwurst to come.

clp clp 4:13 pm 21 Jun 10

Yes it is in The Strand

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 1:06 pm 21 Jun 10

Haha, I notice the absence of green death (Southwark) on the Grocer’s list there.

I also agree with clp, Haigh’s is great for most things, but a fruchoc substitute is not one of them. I have a vague recollection of a Sydney store, too, is it in the Strand maybe?

clp clp 12:34 pm 21 Jun 10

There is Haighs in Sydney also – you can get your fix in 3 hours.

Haighs actually make a version of fruchocs nowadays – the chocolate is better quality but I prefer the Menz filling.

I guess this means they also have crown mints – if I needed a nanna reminder

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:10 am 21 Jun 10

clp said :

Just discovered this post searching for something else – might have to head to Swinger Hill – this is fanastic if I can get fruchocs without having to wait for care packages.

Haha, I bought a heap of fruchocs back to Canberra last year. I didn’t think it was humanly possible to eat so many you no longer found them delicious. I have since discovered this is possible and still have a few packets left in the cupboard!

Might have to drop in to the Swinger Hill shop for some Yo-Yos though.

There’s a few Haighs outlets in Melbourne, and we get there a bit more than Adelaide these days, so a Haighs fix is generally not too far away.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:07 am 21 Jun 10

JessP said :

…Everyone knows you not a local the first time you askk for fritz at the deli section anywhere but in Adelaide!

Geez it’s a bit rough when even fellow crow eaters think Adelaide is the only place people in South Australia come from.

When I was a little tacker I used to get a free slice of Fritz every time Mum and I went to our local butcher. Which just happens to be some 450kms from Adelaide.

When I was “home” last year I had to drop in to the old family butcher. Sadly, I was disappointed to discover that free Fritz rights didn’t extend into my mid-30s, haha.

clp clp 10:26 am 21 Jun 10

Just discovered this post searching for something else – might have to head to Swinger Hill – this is fanastic if I can get fruchocs without having to wait for care packages.

peterh peterh 9:52 am 15 Mar 10

been busy, so not here for a while.

WMC, Good God Man, you don’t drink Adelaide water! that is what the rainwater tanks on each house are for…

My family decided to send me wintulluchs mettwurst and bung fritz recently, just to tide me over. I have since run out, and am waiting for Alex to get some in.

The friendly grocer network have the ability to get things the big stores don’t want to bother with. This is a great idea, as it allows the supermarket to tailor to the community.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:32 am 19 Feb 10

Since we moved to the area we have used the “Friendly Grocer” in Cook, as opposed to the Coles at Jammo. Nick, the owner, and his staff are courteous and attentive, the range of goods for a small shop is impressive. He has a far better wine selection than Coles.

cross cross 9:44 am 19 Feb 10

Maybe other Friendly Grocer franshisee’s could help source items for a better buying deal and create a niche marketing strategy.

kj kj 7:15 am 17 Feb 10

Thanks Alex

Kirk’s Kole Beer from WA please!

Swinger Hill Friendly Grocer Swinger Hill Friendly Grocer 11:26 am 13 Feb 10

Hi all, this is Alex from Swinger Hill Friendly Grocer.

Firstly, thankyou to PETERH for his post relating to our Supermarket and the exiting plans we have for it!! Yes this this an ambitious plan to stock unique products from all across Australia but I am up for the challange!!

To the new faces I have already seen as a result of Peter’s post, thankyou for coming in. Currently we have the follwing products;

– Arnott’s YoYo’s
– Beerenberg Jams / Sauces / Condiments
– Maggie Beer Range / Adelaide Hills Cheeses
– Farmers Union Iced Coffee
– Menz Confectionery (Fruchoc’s sold out but on order)
– Balfours Family Pies coming on Monday 15/2.
– Large Selection of South Australian Wines

SA Products I am hoping to source over the next couple of months;

– Woodies Lemonade
– Balfours Pasties
– Golden North Ice Creams
– Amgoorie Tea
– Arnott’s Bush Biscuits
– And of course Bung Fritz!!

Looking forward to more suggestions of your favourite products I should source from other states.

Regards

Alex
Your Friendly Grocer from Swinger Hill

caf caf 5:50 pm 12 Feb 10

Farmers Union Iced Coffee is definitely sold somewhere around town already, I have seen many degenerate South Australian types quaffing it, including some that I’ve lived with.

JessP JessP 2:03 pm 12 Feb 10

Lolli Gobble Bliss Bombs are in Coles and Woolworths in Belconnen. Then again we do live in the past.

Funky1 Funky1 1:27 pm 12 Feb 10

Does anyone know if you can still get Lolli Gobble Bliss Bombs??
I’m sure I saw them somewhere a little while ago, but can’t recall.

nic0 nic0 12:50 pm 12 Feb 10

Hmmm Nippy’s orange juice is the best, i might have to pay my local Friendly Grocer a visit.

JessP JessP 9:32 am 12 Feb 10

Fritz is what you local types called Devon…but not really. Really good Bung Fritz (when you have a big sausage of it) is divine. The fritz and sauce sandwiches of my youth were the best!

The name ‘Fritz’ come from the German influence in South Australia. Don’t even start me on cabana vs cabanossi, mettwurst vs salami wars!! Everyone knows you not a local the first time you askk for fritz at the deli section anywhere but in Adelaide!

busgirl busgirl 11:38 pm 11 Feb 10

If they still make Chicken Cackles I’d love some of those…

Deckard Deckard 10:36 pm 11 Feb 10

+1 for WMC’s lemonade.

Nothing like a good glass of urine/Adelaide tap water to clean the innards out.

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