Clo­sure still fresh

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By MONTANA ARDON

IT was a sad day when Clare­mont’s Fresh Pro­vi­sions closed its doors in 2012.

Twenty-four-hour IGAS were just start­ing to creep into WA, but there were no other places in Clare­mont that you could get a late-night snack that was not a greasy ke­bab or a burger.

This is where ‘Freshies’, as it was lov­ingly re­ferred to, came in ex­tra handy.

Af­ter a boozy night at the also now non-ex­is­tent Club Bay View, wan­der­ing down to the Bayview cen­tre for a pasta bake and other ready-to-eat meals was the per­fect end to a night out.

It was, of course, use­ful for nor­mal gro­cery shop­ping as well, boast­ing fresh fruit, veg­eta­bles and a great deli sec­tion.

The nuts and lol­lies wall was also a hit as you were able to get the amount you needed, rather than only full bags that other su­per­mar­kets used to of­fer back then.

When Coles and Farmer Jacks came to town with Clare­mont Quar­ter, Freshies be­gan to strug­gle and moved its open­ing hours from 24-hour to clos­ing at 10pm.

Even­tu­ally it closed its doors but luck­ily, for the Fresh Pro­vi­sions faith­ful, there are still sur­viv­ing stores in Bic­ton and Mt Law­ley.


Fresh Pro­vi­sion’s front-page ad­ver­tise­ment on a past edi­tion of the

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