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ANEW supermarket at
Springdale Heights has been
described as an important
In officially opening the IGA
in Kaitlers Road yesterday, shadow minister for
small business Bruce Billson said owners Bob
and Geraldine Mathews were helping to "keep
the bastards honest".
"With Coles and Woolworths occupying
about 80 per cent of the market place, it's
very important that independent grocers
are out there to maintain competition, keep
some pressure on the big guys and offer a
different kind of community-based shopping
experience," he said.
The supermarket is the fifth IGA store operated
by the Mathews family.
Others are located at Jindera, Howlong,
Lockhart and East Albury.
Mr Mathews said the family was negotiating to
build another at Wagga in October.
Construction of the Springdale Heights
supermarket and four adjoining speciality shops
was estimated at $4 million.
It has created just over 40 new full and part-
time jobs and is expected to pump thousands
back into the community at Springdale Heights.
Mr Mathews said that supermarket,
which started trading last December, was
proving a success with thousands of
customers walking through the door.
Member for Farrer Sussan Ley was excited
about the opportunities the other four adjoining
shops may present.
"A bakery would be fantastic, a pharmacy and
I think there's going to be a pizza shop down the
end," she said.
"So from the perspective of Albury's shopping,
this is terrific."
l Sussan Ley, Geraldine and Bob Mathews and Bruce Billson celebrate the opening, by Mr Billson,
of the new IGA supermarket at Springdale Heights.
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