Rumours have been circulating for a while that the supermarket in Karabar Mall in Queanbeyan is being taken over by Woolworths. Staff have apparently been advised that they need to reapply to Woolworths for their jobs.
This morning on Radio 2CC, it was confirmed by Eric Koundouris of the local Supabarn Supermarket chain that they had tried to purchase the Karabar supermarket but they had been gazumped by Woolies at the last minute.
This means that Woolies now have about 80% of the Queanbeyan market with a large supermarket in central Queanbeyan, another in Jerrabomberra and soon, Karabar Mall, leaving all of the residents of South Queanbeyan, as well as Jerrabomberra and outlying rural areas like Burra, Googong and Mount Campbell with no local choice. This means no competition on prices, and sometimes more importantly, no variety of products.
The Supabarn supermarkets in Civic and at Erindale are outstanding and offer a fantastic range of products that are just not available from Woolies. Same goes for my local IGA supermarket in South Canberra.
I am expecting the usual struggletown comments on here, but not all Queanbeyan people like to shop at ALDI or Woolies. Queanbeyan people deserve gourmet deli items, and at a reasonable price, as much as the next person!!!
Woolies are also the only supermarket to offer Home Shopping in Canberra. Another market sewn up. Come on IGA and Supabarn, if they have beaten you to the Karabar Mall and others, set up home shopping and I for one will boycott Woolies for good.