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Still no Giralang shops

By Rollersk8r - 30 October 2013 24

The Canberra Times brings the most news I’ve heard on the Giralang shops in a while http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/war-returns-to-woolies-site-20131028-2wccn.html. Doesn’t seem like much of a scoop, other than highlighting that one determined party can seemingly delay development forever and ever.

I’ve lived in Giralang around 8 years and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Quite clearly, the developer will hold out forever to get some return on investment – and those who oppose it will hold out forever to protect their investments. Meanwhile, the residents have been the only losers in this battle for 9 years.  Nine years!  One would have to assume even if it was all resolved tomorrow it would be another 2 years before the existing buildings are demolished and rebuilt, which takes us up to 11 years. It’s unbelievable that anything can take so long…

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Still no Giralang shops
Genie 10:49 am 31 Oct 13

DrKoresh said :

Genie said :

Try buying a leg of lamb Sunday morning to put on for Sunday night roast, only to open it, throw up at the stench, and discover Supabarn’s best before date was covering up the manufacture’s best before date which was 1 month earlier.

They refused to provide a refund without the product. There was no way we were fetchin git out of the bin…

Ew. Yeah, I was in the Wanniassa store once when some guy came in to return rotten chicken, it stunk up the whole shop. At least I didn’t have to experience it first hand, but that prompted me never buy to meat from them.

Luckily I wasn’t the one who did the throwing up.. I had a blocked nose and only got about 50% of the stench. But it stunk the entire house out for several hours, every window in the house was open with bowls of orange rinds and cinnamon steeping in hot water.

I actually haven’t spent a cent there since. I’d rather drive to Gungahlin and do my shopping at Coles or Woolworths. Least there I know they have a high turn over of stock and I don’t have to spend hours checking used by dates.

I also try to now buy meat from butchers more often than I had done in the past…

JC 6:01 am 31 Oct 13

schmeah said :

I much prefer shopping at the local IGA than at woollies. As well as all the obvious Coles/woollies duopoly arguments, visiting the IGA means I don’t have to experience being crushed by masses of rude people squeezing through aisles and then waiting in a very long line of generally unhappy campers and the stock is pretty good and comparable in price.

What a hell of a generalisation. Clearly you have never set foot into Woolworths at Dunlop or Bonner. Shits on any IGA I have ever been in, without all the large supermarket issues, but with large supermarket prices. Oddly both stores seem well staffed too, a lot more than one would see at the average IGA around town.

gazket 10:11 pm 30 Oct 13

Stuff the shops. They closed the Giralng Tavern…mmmmm beer, now you have to go to the sports club for a beer. It sucks.

lostinbias 8:18 pm 30 Oct 13

JimCharles said :

DrKoresh said :

Genie said :

Try buying a leg of lamb Sunday morning to put on for Sunday night roast, only to open it, throw up at the stench, and discover Supabarn’s best before date was covering up the manufacture’s best before date which was 1 month earlier.

They refused to provide a refund without the product. There was no way we were fetchin git out of the bin…

Ew. Yeah, I was in the Wanniassa store once when some guy came in to return rotten chicken, it stunk up the whole shop. At least I didn’t have to experience it first hand, but that prompted me never buy to meat from them.

Ha. I was in a SB looking at the meat…the homebrand stuff with the very plain labelling?
A woman holding a joint of pork actually nudged me and said out of the corner of her mouth : “Don’t buy the plain meat from here. And don’t think this is for me, it’s only fit for the cat”.

Supabarn Kaleen as of fairly recently has butchers on site cutting the red meat, rather than sourcing cuts from external suppliers.

schmeah 6:05 pm 30 Oct 13

Genie said :

I’ve lived in Giralang for about 3-4 years now… I don’t understand why it’s an issue for Woolworths to open up at this site.

Just give us some damn shops !

Ideally one that isn’t a Supabarn or IGA. Supabarn Kaleen is forever selling old expired food and is over priced.

I much prefer shopping at the local IGA than at woollies. As well as all the obvious Coles/woollies duopoly arguments, visiting the IGA means I don’t have to experience being crushed by masses of rude people squeezing through aisles and then waiting in a very long line of generally unhappy campers and the stock is pretty good and comparable in price.

All that aside this Giralang issue is getting ridiculous, sounds like it could be a job for … Guilia!

Pork Hunt 5:32 pm 30 Oct 13

voytek3 said :

You don’t deserve shops – you live in Giralang. No one cares.

I reckon if you got the f%*k off this site, no one would care.

JC 5:16 pm 30 Oct 13

Genie said :

I’ve lived in Giralang for about 3-4 years now… I don’t understand why it’s an issue for Woolworths to open up at this site.

Just give us some damn shops !

Ideally one that isn’t a Supabarn or IGA. Supabarn Kaleen is forever selling old expired food and is over priced.

Last line is your issue. Superbarn doesn’t want any competition and uses fear of domance of Woolworths and Coles as their weapon. I live in an area (Dunlop) where we have 3 Woolworths all reasonably close to each other, prices at those shops are good and the nearby ‘independents’ are still going too. Yet people still think the world is going to end when a Woolworths opens up. Yet to see a small guy get run out of business by them yet, which is the fear Supabarn peddles.

dkNigs 5:12 pm 30 Oct 13

I lived in Giralang on Balamara Street for 5 years, shops were meant to begin construction soon when we moved in. The area became worse and worse, with more and more total deadshits tearing around the streets, doing donuts on the intersections, and smashing bottles around the school oval. Add to this the 1.5mb ADSL2 connection available, and the terrible houso neighbours, I was glad to see the back of Giralang. The only thing about the whole suburb I miss is the off road bike path which went directly around the lake and back.

JimCharles 5:00 pm 30 Oct 13

DrKoresh said :

Genie said :

Try buying a leg of lamb Sunday morning to put on for Sunday night roast, only to open it, throw up at the stench, and discover Supabarn’s best before date was covering up the manufacture’s best before date which was 1 month earlier.

They refused to provide a refund without the product. There was no way we were fetchin git out of the bin…

Ew. Yeah, I was in the Wanniassa store once when some guy came in to return rotten chicken, it stunk up the whole shop. At least I didn’t have to experience it first hand, but that prompted me never buy to meat from them.

Ha. I was in a SB looking at the meat…the homebrand stuff with the very plain labelling?
A woman holding a joint of pork actually nudged me and said out of the corner of her mouth : “Don’t buy the plain meat from here. And don’t think this is for me, it’s only fit for the cat”.

DrKoresh 4:45 pm 30 Oct 13

Genie said :

Try buying a leg of lamb Sunday morning to put on for Sunday night roast, only to open it, throw up at the stench, and discover Supabarn’s best before date was covering up the manufacture’s best before date which was 1 month earlier.

They refused to provide a refund without the product. There was no way we were fetchin git out of the bin…

Ew. Yeah, I was in the Wanniassa store once when some guy came in to return rotten chicken, it stunk up the whole shop. At least I didn’t have to experience it first hand, but that prompted me never buy to meat from them.

Genie 4:33 pm 30 Oct 13

DrKoresh said :

Genie said :

I’ve lived in Giralang for about 3-4 years now… I don’t understand why it’s an issue for Woolworths to open up at this site.

Just give us some damn shops !

Ideally one that isn’t a Supabarn or IGA. Supabarn Kaleen is forever selling old expired food and is over priced.

Yeah, I went to SB once and pretty much the entire biscuit aisle was expired. It’s a shame, I’d like to support local business if it weren’t so… crappy.

Try buying a leg of lamb Sunday morning to put on for Sunday night roast, only to open it, throw up at the stench, and discover Supabarn’s best before date was covering up the manufacture’s best before date which was 1 month earlier.

They refused to provide a refund without the product. There was no way we were fetchin git out of the bin…

Watson 3:10 pm 30 Oct 13

DrKoresh said :

Genie said :

I’ve lived in Giralang for about 3-4 years now… I don’t understand why it’s an issue for Woolworths to open up at this site.

Just give us some damn shops !

Ideally one that isn’t a Supabarn or IGA. Supabarn Kaleen is forever selling old expired food and is over priced.

Yeah, I went to SB once and pretty much the entire biscuit aisle was expired. It’s a shame, I’d like to support local business if it weren’t so… crappy.

Really depends on who runs it, I reckon. Our local IGA was always pretty darn good. Then SB took over but kept the same franchisees to run it and it didn’t change much at all except for some different brands on the shelves. I moved away but still like shopping there when I pass.

I much prefer to have IGA over Woolworths as my local shop because the service is generally much, much better. And I like less choice because it means faster shopping!

We’re in a brand new development in the far North and patiently waiting for our local shops to be built. They just started so sounds like we’ll get them way before Giralang…

DrKoresh 2:26 pm 30 Oct 13

Genie said :

I’ve lived in Giralang for about 3-4 years now… I don’t understand why it’s an issue for Woolworths to open up at this site.

Just give us some damn shops !

Ideally one that isn’t a Supabarn or IGA. Supabarn Kaleen is forever selling old expired food and is over priced.

Yeah, I went to SB once and pretty much the entire biscuit aisle was expired. It’s a shame, I’d like to support local business if it weren’t so… crappy.

voytek3 2:21 pm 30 Oct 13

You don’t deserve shops – you live in Giralang. No one cares.

Genie 1:09 pm 30 Oct 13

I’ve lived in Giralang for about 3-4 years now… I don’t understand why it’s an issue for Woolworths to open up at this site.

Just give us some damn shops !

Ideally one that isn’t a Supabarn or IGA. Supabarn Kaleen is forever selling old expired food and is over priced.

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