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Woolworths Monopoly in Queanbeyan

By illyria 10 April 2008 108

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.

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ant 11:05 pm 07 Nov 08

I cannot imagine why anyone in their right mind would subject themselves to the massive queues at Qbn Woolies. We went to get Melbourne Cup supplies there mid arvo on Tuesday, and it was horrific.

coles Qbn continues to improve, especially in the lack of lines department. They even have checkouts sitting idle, waiting for people to come and hand over their money. I do like that.

Better food too, better home brands.

jules 10:33 pm 07 Nov 08

Referring to the comments about home-brand milk, I just thought I should clear some things up. Last time I heard, Dairy Farmers supplies Coles Home Brand Milk and Pura supplies Woolworths Home Brand Milk. Try Woolworths and Pura and see if you can notice a difference. Chances are you can’t, they both taste crap. Dairy Farmers is slightly better, doesn’t leave such an aftertaste and the Coles one is adequate. Coles Smart Buy and You’ll Love Coles are the same and i presume that this is the case with Woolworths Home Brand and Woolworths Select milk varieties.

RuffnReady 12:27 am 16 Apr 08

JC, I wouldn’t say the lack of sweetness is related to being ‘watered down’ as much as not having as much lactose in it! According to Wikipedia, lactose content in milk varies from 2-8%. Canberra milk has a full palate taste, ‘rich’ is the way I’d describe it. And that’s compared to milk from all over the world. I attribute Caberra milk as an influence in my 6’7″ stature and noble bone structure! lol

In the end though, each to his/her own. Drink what you like the most I say! 🙂

Duke 10:31 pm 15 Apr 08

Radonzh – you’re right about the specialty items and the place looking like a deli. Loads of imported foods, weird pickled things in jars – they clearly get a lot of ethnics in there buying stuff from their homelands. No way Woolies is going to add that personal touch. I also like that Karabar has family members working the counters so you know they actually care about giving you good service, showing you where things are.

On a compelely unrelated matter I will have to work on my milk evaluation, coz mine is more of a Lager palate. I always buy Canberra milk even thought it can be a dollar more expensive than the COles equivalent.

JC 5:32 pm 15 Apr 08

RuffnReady, you only need to buy one of each and look at the colour and the consistancy of them. Canberra Milk is much more watery than Pura milk. As for sweetness why do you think Canberra milk isn’t as sweet? Yep because it has more water in it. Having lived in Sydney for a few years then moving back to Canberra the difference was quite noticable. Mind you this was a good 8 years ago.

illyria 1:44 pm 15 Apr 08

JD114 said :

“Have Woolies bought the Canberra Centre Supabarn? I just heard a very interesting yet totally unsubstantiated rumour to that effect, the purchase price was even bandied about.”

Since Mr Koundouris has regularly appeared on local media vowing to fight Woolies in every conceivable corner, and in a recent ABC program stated that the supermarket business is his passion, I would doubt this story very much.

I agree. It sounded like a tall story to me too. The price I heard seemed way too low for a retail business of that size. Some troublemaker trying to stir things up I suppose.

JC, Canberra Milk is the least watery milk in my experience also, I have to agree with RuffnReady.

RuffnReady 12:55 pm 15 Apr 08

JC, we must have very different tastebuds because Canberra Milk is the least watered-down I’ve tasted. It has a full taste without being too sweet.

JD114 12:23 pm 15 Apr 08

“Have Woolies bought the Canberra Centre Supabarn? I just heard a very interesting yet totally unsubstantiated rumour to that effect, the purchase price was even bandied about.”

Since Mr Koundouris has regularly appeared on local media vowing to fight Woolies in every conceivable corner, and in a recent ABC program stated that the supermarket business is his passion, I would doubt this story very much.

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