Su­per ef­fort run­ning mar­ket

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Nearyou -

The third pro­file in our monthly Faces of Ned­lands se­ries by City of Ned­lands com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Michelle New­ton is one of the Cap­tain Stir­ling Shop­ping Cen­tre’s most beloved per­son­al­i­ties. OLD-FASH­IONED ser­vice is one thing that will never change at the Cap­tain Stir­ling IGA, says coowner and man­ager Blair Mor­gan.

It is not un­usual to spot Mr Mor­gan out­side his su­per­mar­ket load­ing bags of gro­ceries into a cus­tomer’s car, hap­pily chat­ting on a first-name ba­sis and ask­ing af­ter their fam­ily and pets.

Mr Mor­gan and his brother Tony started work­ing at the su­per­mar­ket when they were at univer­sity, and bought it to­gether in 2010.

The broth­ers ar­rive at the IGA be­fore dawn ev­ery day. While Tony heads off to the fruit and veg­etable mar­ket, Blair or­gan­ises things be­fore the doors open and the busy su­per­mar­ket fills with cus­tomers.

“It’s a very early start to the day for both of us; we’re in here by choice be­cause we want to make sure ev­ery­thing looks as beau­ti­ful as pos­si­ble,” Mr Mor­gan said.

Part of the su­per­mar­ket’s suc­cess lies in its long-term staff mem­bers.

The butch­ers have been at the IGA for 25 years, staff mem­ber An­drew has worked in fruit and veg for 20 years, So­nia has been in the deli for 17 years and Ge­orge in fresh pro­duce for 10 years.

“You get to know what’s hap­pen­ing in peo­ple’s lives, you see kids grow up,” Mr Mor­gan said.

“There are ba­bies who used to come in who now run around the shop. We’re here to help, it’s that sim­ple.”

The IGA su­per­mar­ket has had var­i­ous in­car­na­tions over the years, in­clud­ing Char­lie Carters, Supa Valu and Dew­sons.

Blair, Tony and their staff have worked hard to build that sense of com­mu­nity and car­ry­ing on a long tra­di­tion at the cen­tre.

Cap­tain Stir­ling IGA co-owner Blair Mor­gan.

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