NEW FRESH GRO­CER

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Lacee Froeschl [email protected]­news.com.au

GOLDEN Beach is now home to a spe­cial­ity gro­cer with a fo­cus on or­ganic and lo­cal pro­duce.

Health-con­scious own­ers Ka­t­rina and Josh Mcken­zie from Wagga Wagga have only lived on the Sun­shine Coast for 12 months.

Josh said the pair moved here af­ter 12 years of hol­i­day­ing in the area, to give their then one-year-old daugh­ter – who they thought they would never have – a “great life”.

Like a lot of peo­ple, Kat was told she’d never be able to give birth to chil­dren of her own.

So she de­cided to “over­haul” their al­ready healthy life­style to make their dreams come true.

“We cut out chem­i­cals, went to a natur­opath, learned a bit more (about health) and now we have a gor­geous lit­tle miss help­ing us on this ven­ture,” she said.

Lit­tle did they know they would open an or­ganic gro­cery.

“The Real Gro­cer is about pro­vid­ing as much lo­cal pro­duce as we can, to cater for all diets like ve­gan, pa­leo and keto,” Kat said.

“There’s just so much on of­fer on the Coast, we felt there was nowhere to get it all.”

The new store aims to sup­port lo­cal brands like Eu­mundi Or­ganic Meats, Maleny Dairy and Ku­rana Or­ganic at af­ford­able prices.

“We’re a young fam­ily and we still want to eat well, but we know it’s ex­pen­sive, so if we can help share that with other fam­i­lies so they can eat well too, we’re happy.”

They are stock­ists of fresh, spray-free pro­duce, which Kat said she be­lieved was one of their ma­jor draw­cards.

“We’ve got every­thing you need as a lit­tle su­per­mar­ket.”

The of­fi­cial open­ing is to­mor­row, with more than 10 lo­cal and in­ter­state pro­duc­ers of­fer­ing taste testers, sam­ples, free­bies, and up to 30 per cent off.

PHOTO: LACEE FROESCHL

OR­GANIC AND FRESH: Kat and Josh Mcken­zie are ready to open their gro­cery of­fer­ing or­ganic and lo­cal pro­duce.

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