Good Grocer IGA South Perth expecting to busiest on Australia Day

Manager Jake Brindle expects The Good Grocer IGA in South Perth to be extremely busy on Saturday. Picture: David Baylis
Manager Jake Brindle expects The Good Grocer IGA in South Perth to be extremely busy on Saturday. Picture: David Baylis

FOR a store modelled on modern convenience, The Good Grocer South Perth IGA is preparing for its biggest test, challenge and opportunity on Saturday.

South Perth’s newest 24-7 grocery store is the anchor tenant in the remodelled Mends Street Arcade, which runs between Mends Street and Harper Terrace – less than 100m from the foreshore where thousands will flock to watch the Australia Day Skyworks.

It will be the boutique supermarket’s first Australia Day after opening just nine weeks earlier and manager Jake Brindle expects trade to be extremely busy, before and after the fireworks.

“We’re gearing up for a huge day and we just have to make sure we’re prepared with all the convenience lines that everyone wants,” he said.

“I expect that’s a lot of drinks, snacks, wine and beer, ice, water, soda, liquor, produce ready to go, salads and platters.”

The South Perth store is the fourth union between IGA and The Good Grocer, owned by Applecross-based Brindle Group. Other stores are at Canning Bridge, Shenton Park and Leederville.

The South Perth store, which opened in November. Picture: David Baylis

“With all the development in the area, the new apartments and Quest coming, we thought it will be a real winner in terms of the location,” Mr Brindle said.

“It’s going to be a real hub in the future.”

Mr Brindle said locals had been crying out for a replacement supermarket since the former IGA closed and the offer needed to suit the contemporary market, including a growing number of time-poor young professionals.

“The co-branding allows The Good Grocer and IGA to come together to create choice and value; we have a huge emphasis on fresh while still being at a very competitive price,” he said.

“It’s about having that point of difference to our competitors in Coles and Woolworths by having various fresh options in store that you can’t get at your big chains and still having it at the competitive price.

“But we’re still an IGA so we have a full grocery, dairy and freezer range as well.”

Manager Jake Brindle at the fresh produce display inside The Good Grocer IGA South Perth. Picture: David Baylis

While the key attraction is the variety and quality of fresh produce, pre-packaged meals and fresh hot lunch and dinner options from the in-store deli, free first-hour underground parking is also a lure.

Quest South Perth is set to open on February 4.