Locally owned supermarkets buck crisis with $1m facelift

By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

Much of the town is a tale of COVID related economic woes these days but not the three locally owned IGA supermarkets.

 

They are just undergoing a facelift of about $1m, including the installation of new fridges and freezers at Eastside.

 

Johnathan Liddle’s ColdZap, a local company, won the contract to supply and install them, pictured with the store manager Adam List.

 

The IGAs just introduced online shopping and home delivery, are about to install solar panels in Northside and Eastside, and will soon launch their new website.

 

The Eastside store is specialising in Indian foods, at Northside Hearn Place in African and Flynn Drive in American, together with all usual grocery needs.

 

Between they do a million transactions a year across all three stores.

 

CEO Sally McMartin says the chain, owned by the town’s native title organisation Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation, keeps its money in town.

 

“We’re locally owned and operated, in our tenth year, and we have 120 staff on our books,” she says.

 

“We’re quite an institution in Alice Springs. We are thanking the locals for their ongoing loyalty and support of their local neighbourhood stores.”

 

Ms McMartin says shopping habits are changing, “from a singe trolley shop a week to two or three basket shops”.

 

 

 

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  1. Local Observer
    Posted June 4, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    I enjoy doing most of my shopping at the local East Side IGA, for I can just walk there from home any time including just before 9pm and I feel safe.
    I wouldn’t want to walk into town at night to get groceries, let alone park in town past sun down.
    I like the fact the IGA meat comes from Milner Road Butcher, for I prefer the meat from the butcher as opposed to meat from WW or Coles.
    I find IGA’s vegetables are usually just as fresh, if not fresher than at least Coles.
    These IGA local businesses are actually quite busy during the week and even on weekends.
    I can usually request stock and get it in fairly quickly, stock that Coles and Woolies don’t have and said they’d get but hadn’t.
    I usually see the same staff at the checkouts and they are always happy to serve customers.
    I now only go to Coles or Woolies for certain food like cheap milk or occasional specials.

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  2. Neil
    Posted June 1, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    ABA funds are not taxpayer funds.

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  3. Local
    Posted June 1, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Well done to the local IGA. The shop is looking great.
    @ Jack: The money stays local to improve its business. Credit where it is due, man.

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  4. Jack
    Posted May 29, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Paid for by a taxpayer funded enterprise grant to Lhere Artepe?

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