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Just how many bakeries can one shopping centre intersection support?

By johnboy - 7 December 2008 25

I was struck by this scene the other day. It’s the ground floor of the Canberra Centre, just outside the Supabarn.

You’ve got a Dobinson’s, a Bakers Delight, and a Golden Crust all within a croissant’s throw of each other.

On top of that, if baked goods are your thing, there’s a Muffin Break, a Donut King, and I’m pretty sure Supabarn does a selection of baked things too.

Choice is good, let the market decide and all that, but a shopping centre is hardly a free market.

Is this overkill? Or would you like more bakeries crammed cheek by jowl?

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25 Responses to
Just how many bakeries can one shopping centre intersection support?
shiny flu 7:38 am 08 Dec 08

johnnycash said :

Golden Crust is about 30% cheaper than Bakers Delight I have noticed…

I really don’t like Bakers Delight Bread anyway… whilst Golden Crust is no Cournoucopia/Silo it’s a far cry better than BD, not to mention the folk at Golden Crust are much much nicer (I go there fairly regularly when running errands into that part of the city).

I guess so long as they pay rent QIC don’t mind. Either that, or they’ve applied some US Bank Management ideology to the Canberra Centre Baking Industry.

gooterz 12:39 am 08 Dec 08

It always seems like a long walk to find lunch.. and if u change ur mind u have to walk to the other side.. and hence u just have what ur near!

Mr Waffle 11:53 pm 07 Dec 08

Golden Crust is about 30% cheaper than Bakers Delight I have noticed…

Yeah, it’s been like that since Bakers Delight opened up (GC was there first). And yet BD is always the one with more people buying from it, it boggles my mind…

jakez 11:49 pm 07 Dec 08

A shopping centre is hardly a free market.

An intriguing claim jonhboy, I’m interested to hear what you mean by this.

On the topic at hand, anyone who spends more than about 15 seconds pondering this, needs to march themselves to the poor part of town, and get to work improving peoples lives.

…actually now that I think about it, I’d advocate that for everyone.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:09 pm 07 Dec 08
Instant Mash 5:55 pm 07 Dec 08

I don’t mind having 3 bakeries in the one centre. But they could at least have spaced them out a bit more.

New Yeah 4:05 pm 07 Dec 08

Let them eat cake!

tylersmayhem 2:51 pm 07 Dec 08

A donut king !? Did they finally put a Donut King in the Canberra Centre !?

Excellent! Now the job of scrounging $2 together to buy 1 cinnamon donut.

johnnycash 1:17 pm 07 Dec 08

Golden Crust is about 30% cheaper than Bakers Delight I have noticed…

Gobbo 1:14 pm 07 Dec 08

Where was the “Just Right” option for the poll?

I feel ripped off. Though more couldn’t hurt I guess. 🙂

Gobbo 1:12 pm 07 Dec 08

I love bread, me.

There can never be too many bakeries if they are good and have unique products.

trevar 1:08 pm 07 Dec 08

It’s a shopping centre; who cares? If they can make it profitable, good for them. If not, they will soon go broke, and it will make no difference to anyone except their competition. What a stupid poll!

ant 11:49 am 07 Dec 08

Dobinson’s are completely different from the chain/mainstream bakeries, which is a good thing. Re the photo, it’s a bit sad that people choose to sit in those noisy, barn-like, glary places to eat and drink. Shopping mall food courts give me the willies.

Genie 11:26 am 07 Dec 08

A donut king !? Did they finally put a Donut King in the Canberra Centre !?

Although I will defend Dobinson’s and Bakers Delight being right next to each other… they don’t sell anything the same!

bubzie 10:39 am 07 Dec 08

haha, i love how the couple at the table, are staring at you with a “wtf???” expression…

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