Mixed emotions over deliveries
Grocery giant’s online shopping service divides opinion
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