So what’s your favourite… Independent Grocer?

johnboy 24 April 2007 61

Once again we turn to the RiotACT hive mind seeking wisdom.

Where in Canberra is your favourite non Coles/Woolies supermarket?

What makes it so good?


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les les 1:32 pm 24 Apr 07

watson and ainslie IGAs.
Great deli sections, great wine range and always fully stocked shelves.

bonfire bonfire 1:37 pm 24 Apr 07

kaleen supabarn.

clean, easy to find things, good service.

nice range of european delicacies.

incl ritter sport chocolate…

great parking.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 1:58 pm 24 Apr 07

Jerrabomberra Woolies.

Special G Special G 2:48 pm 24 Apr 07

Cook shops. Good for all sorts of stuff, always open and friendly staff.

caf caf 2:50 pm 24 Apr 07

Definitely Ainslie IGA – the wine selection is excellent, the deli has all the necessities, and the range of breads is top notch (including the to-die-for Pane Italiano). Also, the grocery manager has been really good about ordering in things they don’t normally carry – really good service!

Danman Danman 2:52 pm 24 Apr 07

Lyneham IGA for european groceries and Platypus Shops in Amaroo for convinience.

ash ash 2:54 pm 24 Apr 07

I just heard about this mob today. Organic Express. I haven’t tried them yet, so I can’t make any judgement.

My understanding is that they have plans to stock a wide supermarket range of products, but at the moment they mostly just do fruit & veg.

Please comment if anyone has tried them or similiar (not woolies home shop).

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 2:56 pm 24 Apr 07

Wanniassa Supabarn has a great range of Seth Efrikan condiments. It’s also spotless, has wide aisles, and is one of the few supermarkets left that lets you buy loose rocket and mesclun mix by the kilo rather than payinf $4 for a small prepacked bag.

Mother Nature in Tuggers Hyperdome is fantastic for cheap fruit and veg and continental goods.

bonfire bonfire 3:25 pm 24 Apr 07

ahh the ainslie IGA.

i think SGS is boycotting that store because of the change in black and gold labelling.

he ran an expose on this some time back…

ant ant 3:32 pm 24 Apr 07

Albertsons… whoops wrong country. they have a guarantee that if there’s 2 people in the checkout line, they’ll open another checkout, and they do. I use the self-checkout anyway, and there’s never a line for that.

That said, Mother Nature’s in Qbn has almost everything you’d want (barring dunny paper etc) and it’s pretty good.

Ralph Ralph 3:49 pm 24 Apr 07

I like IGA’s, they are convenient.

Organic produce is a furphy.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 4:37 pm 24 Apr 07

Mother Natures or the Fishwyck Markets, fresh food, better quality than the crap peddalled at Coles/Woolies and normally cheaper too. Plus you can get things like rabbit, duck, durians and other sometimes hard to find delicacies.

VicePope VicePope 5:03 pm 24 Apr 07

Wanniassa IGA. Big. Lots of choice. Fair to middling staff.
I have long thought that the smaller supermarkets would do better if they held onto the bread and butter (literally) lines and did some specialising into, say Indian, East Asian, Central European, African, Middle Eastern that would make them a place to go to other than in an emergency.

VicePope VicePope 5:04 pm 24 Apr 07

Yup. It’s a Supabarn, not an IGA. Oops.

adeptacheese adeptacheese 5:17 pm 24 Apr 07

definately cook shops, i’ve been sick of how busy jamison is lately what with the aldis just opening

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 6:29 pm 24 Apr 07

Yarralumla IGA – the only supermart in the suburb.

taiyaki taiyaki 6:51 pm 24 Apr 07

The Hub at Gungahlin is a real find – a large, well-stocked Asian supermarket with food from most countries in the region. And if they haven’t got something you want, they’ll order it for you.

emd emd 8:52 pm 24 Apr 07

Ainslie IGA has the best range of vegetarian foods that I’ve found in any supermarket in Canberra. Always well-stocked shelves. Staff who actually know where to find stuff when you need help.

Supabarn in the Canberra Centre have Clipper fair trade instant coffee – most places only stock fair trade or organic for plungers. And fair trade cocoa and hot choc mix. And good organic stuff (meats etc). And last time I needed them, they were one of the few supermarkets left that stocked paper nappy liners and snappis and PVC pilchers.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 10:36 pm 24 Apr 07

LOL at the fools who pay more for the same stuff I get at Woolies!!!!!

simbo simbo 11:02 pm 24 Apr 07

Big fan of the Civic IGA, largely for their large range of American chocolate. Yes, the actual chocolate is kinda shitty, but most of them have peanut butter in them. And as someone who used to balk at peanut butter as a kid, I have to say I’m getting very into it when wrapped in a chocolate shell…

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