Mixed emo­tions over de­liv­er­ies

Gro­cery gi­ant’s on­line shop­ping ser­vice di­vides opin­ion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYN­DAH butcher Ben Greiner sees good and bad in the an­nounce­ment su­per­mar­ket gi­ant Coles will soon de­liver on­line or­ders into the North Bur­nett.

Mr Greiner, who owns Gayn­dah Meat Hall, said he had “mixed emo­tions” about the ser­vice.

“On the one hand I think it’s great be­cause it will keep the com­mu­nity hon­est, as in the prices will be fair,” Mr Greiner said.

“But on the other hand I think it’s a bit sad that peo­ple are com­ing in try­ing to take us out, so there are some mixed emo­tions there.”

Mr Gre­nier said con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide lo­cally-sourced pro­duce would help.

“I can’t see it af­fect­ing us much. So long as I keep our qual­ity up I think we should be fine,” Mr Gre­nier said.

Res­i­dents have had mixed re­ac­tions.

Steve Mar­shall, of Coalstoun Lakes, said he was pas­sion­ate about shop­ping lo­cally, adding things were al­ready tough for farm­ers.

“We have to look af­ter them,” Mr Mar­shall said.

Res­i­dents found out about the new ser­vice via a let­ter­box drop.

Fay and Jeff Geissler, from Biggenden, said they saw it as an “in­sult” for Coles to “in­vite” the Biggenden com­mu­nity and those from the sur­round­ing ar­eas to shop on­line. “We feel we would be out of pocket if we were to use this ser­vice,” Mrs Geissler said.

“No doubt prices for gro­ceries would rise as fuel and run­ning costs mount up.”

Mrs Geissler said Biggenden and the North Bur­nett al­ready pro­vided them with ev­ery­thing they needed.

“We have a very well-stocked su­per­mar­ket with prices sim­i­lar to some larger towns,” Mrs Geissler said.

“We have an ex­cel­lent baker who has cus­tomers com­ing from other towns.”

❝ So long as I keep our qual­ity up I think we should be fine. — Ben Greiner


cen­tral­north­bur­nett­times.com.au ON­LINE GRO­CERIES: Gayn­dah Meat Hall butcher Ben Greiner can see both sides to the Coles on­line or­ders. Thurs­day, July 6, 2017

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