Closure still fresh
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