IGA Westfield Carindale is scheduled to close on 2 January 2014. Through their Community Benefits card, IGA financially contributed to local groups and provided discounts to card holders. IGA offered good service, a wide range of products, and was open at convenient hours. Unfortunately, lack of customers has compelled them to close. Shoppers at the IGA end of Westfield went to Woolworths, directly opposite IGA. I’d be interested to know why. I sincerely hope customers aren’t being fooled by a ‘shopper docket’, where shoppers pay a higher total food bill than is available elsewhere, all to save about $2.50 at a petrol station likely to have a 10 minute waiting queue in peak periods.
The Woolworths / Coles duopoly is crippling business and future opportunity in Australia. Petrol stations, supermarkets, and behind the scenes, manufacturers and wholesalers, are closing because of the tactics used by these big two. However, it’s not their fault.
Shoppers – Your choice of where to shop now affects Australian business future. Your choice has seen the wonderful people of IGA Carindale lose their jobs.
Happy new year.
Rod Lovell, local resident.
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