Potatoes aplenty as Spudshed opens Butler store

Shoppers queue at Butler Spudshed. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493254
Shoppers queue at Butler Spudshed. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493254

UPDATE, May 16: WET weather didn’t deter shoppers who queued up for the Spudshed opening Thursday morning.

Spud king Tony Galati was at the Butler store to open the doors at 9am and meet customers, who received a free 1kg bag of potatoes with their groceries.

Spud king Tony Galati with Melanie Taylor Hanks (Quinns Rocks) and Cassie Denton (Alkimos).
Annie Walkinshaw (Clarkson) with Tony Galati.
Maree Johnson (Merriwa) with Tony Galati.
Steve Faulkner (Quinns Rocks) with Tony Galati.
Claudette Samuels (Butler).
Jo Harland (Butler) and Felicity Vavra (Butler).
Tony Galati greets customers in Butler.

EARLIER: SPUDSHED’S Butler store opening tomorrow will be part of a four-day potato promotion.

The Galati Group is opening its 12th store in 21 years at Home Consortium on the corner of Butler Boulevard and Marmion Avenue.

“We were looking to expand into the northern suburbs; it’s a freshly developing area,” operations manager Sebastian Galati said.

Spudshed operations manager Sebastian Galati with employees Amanda Pryce-Howells, Kerry Bell, Briana Dorant, Magdalena Davidour, Katie Eiffler, Debbie Huer and Kate Futcher. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493166

Mr Galati the family-run business would create 50 to 100 jobs at the Butler store, which will remain open 24/7 after doors unlock at 9am on May 16.

His father and spud king Tony will be there for the official opening and to meet customers, who can get a free potatoes after their shop.

“For the first four days, in addition to great opening specials, we will be giving away free 1kg bags of spuds to every customer,” marketing general manager Garth Steinbach said.

Mr Galati said as part of the group’s expansion north, it bought a 1200ha farm in Lancelin this week where they plan to grow carrots, potatoes, onions and broccoli.

“This will be our first venture into horticulture in the north,” he said, adding the farm would also create about 50 jobs.

Spudshed in Butler.

With another store planned for the Joondalup Home Consortium, Mr Steinbach said the company decided to open the Butler site first because it was available first.

“As Perth expanded north, we’ve had a lot of interest from residents requesting a site farther north,” he said.

“When this site became available, it made sense to put one here.”

Mr Steinbach said Galati Group would have 14 stores in WA by the end of this year, with others planned in Joondalup and Thornlie.

The family business started in the 1960s with Tony and his brothers Vince and Sam helping their parents run a market garden in Spearwood.

Everyone in the family is involved in the business, which returned to its roots by opening a Spearwood store earlier this year.

“We are a market gardening family; now we’ve become more of a retail family,” Mr Galati said.

“We cut out a lot of middle men – we grow ourselves; we have our own hatcheries; we have our own beef; we have our own transport company.

“The cost saving that we make in between, we pass that on to the customer.”