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More Supermarkets

By johnboy - 6 May 2010 35

If we lived in a sane municipality supermarket operators would buy land in suitably zoned areas based on perceived needs in the market.

But because this is not a sane municipality the central government decides where supermarkets will be, and who will operate them.

Witness the Chiefly Stanhope announcing second supermarkets for Dickson and Kingston, and new supermarkets for Casey (2 there in fact) and Amaroo.

Specifically:

Mr Stanhope said the Government had decided:

— Kingston – To release a site in the Eyre Street car park for a 3400 sq metre Supabarn supermarket as part of a mixed development;
— Dickson – To release a site for a large format supermarket to all players, except the incumbent Woolworths. The site, on the large surface car park adjacent to Woolworths, would be available for a store in excess of 2500 sq m;
— Casey – To release sites for ALDI and Supabarn, with a possible further release in three years for a large format supermarket site; and
— Amaroo – To release a site for a large format supermarket, with Woolworths and Coles excluded from participating.

Inner Northicans welcome a competitor to the widely loathed Woolworths, but we await with interest exactly where we will park while the new complex is built.

What’s Your opinion?


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More Supermarkets
JC 11:34 pm 06 May 10

Perfect example of why a government can never win. If they just advertise these new blocks and leave it to the market to buy them people will complain when the more powerful groups get hold of the land. If they restrict access they (rightly IMO) get accused of manipulating the market and people will whine.

At the end of the day though people always vote with their feet. That is what killed the small suburban supermarkets in Canberra, not the likes of Woolworths of Coles. All they did was provide something people wanted. Restricting free trade or manipulating the market at the end of the day hurts the consumer!

urchin 10:54 pm 06 May 10

maybe it will be a drive-in supermarket? *that* would be cool.

georgesgenitals 10:13 pm 06 May 10

sepi said :

Who cares. Once they have built these stupid supermarkets onto the existing car parks at Dickson and Kingston (often both full), there will be noone left to shop there, as noone will be able to drive to the shops. Stupid stupid stupid ideas.

Why not just build a superbarn at Downer shops instead of Dickson?

Best idea I’ve heard all day.

p1 9:57 pm 06 May 10

They’re going to put a supermarket in the Dickson carpark? Where, pray tell, are we to park, then?

Just take the light rail along Northbourne.

Iorwerth 9:48 pm 06 May 10

First thing – anything for less car-parking I say – lazy bums (and probably therefore fat bums) walk, get a bike and ride, or even just maybe if really desperate catch a bus…

Worst thing is that, like everywhere else where they sit side by side, Woolies and Coles will collude on prices in Dickson and screw us Inner Northites even more… so… head to the farmers markets at EPIC on Sat morn and get most of what’s good for ya, and anything residual head to a small independent supermarche like IGA in Ainslie… keep profit local!

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:08 pm 06 May 10

Woolworths at Erindale is a tip. Scratch that – Mugga Way would probably have what I wanted in stock, as opposed to everything I don’t want scattered on the floor in front of the empty shelves.

Kuku 9:04 pm 06 May 10

I’m with Sepi on this one. I have a Supabarn on one side of the hill and a Woollies on the other – Probably within a km of each other. Both are in separate shopping complexes. Most of the people on my area switch between the two depending on their ‘specials’ – we get the best of both.

bd84 9:00 pm 06 May 10

I believe that if any of the major chains challenged the ACT Government’s decision to exclude them or deliberately not consider their application in court, that the court will find that the ACT Government has breached the anti-competitive provisions of the Trade Practices Act by resticting competition for the sites.

However, I think the ACT Government has done a bit of a deal with the retailers, particularly Woolworths as there have been (or will be) some direct land acquisitions for their existing stores at Charnwood, Kambah and Holt plus the acqusition of the new site at Bonner. While acquiring the Bonner site would pretty much automatically exclude them from acquiring Amaroo, if they chose to challenge the decisions at Casey and Kingston they would almost certainly win.

Also, I think people to comment “where will we park?” before seeing any plans is a bit silly. Firstly, Dickson will be easy, you will park in the carpark behind the library, where there is normally plenty of parking because people are lazy and don’t want to walk the extra 20m. I am also almost 100% certain that a new supermarket in Dickson will mean underground carparking, which I remember that intention was noted already a while back.

seanneko 8:49 pm 06 May 10

georgesgenitals said :

What’s wrong with Woolies? Our local is a Woolies and they’re pretty good, although they do get pretty busy at peak times.

The range of products is terrible, it’s dirty, and way too crowded. Sometimes I can spend 10-15 minutes queueing up there to get through the express checkout.

I love it how supermarkets build like 15 checkouts but never have even half of them open, even when the queues are so long that it’s preventing people walking past. Why bother building them if they won’t use them?

sepi 8:03 pm 06 May 10

Who cares. Once they have built these stupid supermarkets onto the existing car parks at Dickson and Kingston (often both full), there will be noone left to shop there, as noone will be able to drive to the shops. Stupid stupid stupid ideas.

Why not just build a superbarn at Downer shops instead of Dickson?

Clown Killer 7:27 pm 06 May 10

I’m sure I read somewhere in the papers over last summer – maybe an article of the death-throws of Krudds “Price-Watch” debarcle – that Coles and Woolworths only drom their prices locally where there is an Aldi or similar competitor and that they rearely sought to compete against each other locally on price.

Thi mightn’t be a bad thing, but I agree with GnT is seems odd to have the Government playing the part of competition champion.

GnT 7:20 pm 06 May 10

I find it interesting that excluding the big players from supermarket tenders is supposed to increase competition, but isn’t this sort of government intervention anti-competitive? By saying who and who can’t run certain supermarket sites, and especially in Casey where ALDI and Supabarn are getting a three year head start on Coles/Woollies, it seems to be manipulating the market to give the smaller competitors an unfair advantage.

georgesgenitals 7:05 pm 06 May 10

What’s wrong with Woolies? Our local is a Woolies and they’re pretty good, although they do get pretty busy at peak times.

krasny 6:59 pm 06 May 10

They’re going to put a supermarket in the Dickson carpark? Where, pray tell, are we to park, then?

urchin 6:38 pm 06 May 10

perhaps if there were true competition instead of a market largely dominated by two players your theory might work. alas, that is not the case. what underlies the decision-making process i don’t know but surely making sure we get more competition is a good thing.

as far as parking goes, they will probably tear down the library or somesuch.

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