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It’s hard to believe we are into the first quarter of 2015 and the one thing that is certain, is it is going to be another tough year ahead for independent retailers.
Never before have I heard so many people say they are sick and tired of having to shop at the duopoly and be forced to buy only the products that Coles and Woolworths want to sell. Customers want to have a choice and they want to know they are supporting local manufactures and farmers. It’s easy and probably cheaper to buy Woolworths, Coles and Aldi generics, which in a lot of cases are made overseas and from countries that do not have the same quality and health standards that we have in Australia. A perfect example of this is the resent situation with frozen berries from China.
If there is one thing I am passionate about, that is ensuring we continue to support local businesses, manufacturers, farmers and primary producers. We need to ensure we have our population working in our factories to make sure our farmers and primary producers are successful because if we don’t, we will have a lot of our people collecting unemployment benefits!
We have some of the best stores in the country and one only has to look at our recent refits at Blackwood, Hope Valley and Clovercrest. We will continue with major upgrades and have plans for Newton, Glenunga, Castle Plaza and Ashmore just to mention a few; and our new site at Wallaroo has already commenced works.
We hope you enjoy these regular updates and I look to seeing you at a Drakes store near you.