Cooroy's new supermarket under construction.
Cooroy's new supermarket under construction.

Residents angered by Coast town’s supermarket “monopoly”

A new supermarket will soon be opened on the Coast, but some seem unhappy about the new development.

A "Shop and Save" supermarket is set to open in February next year at the old Wimmers site in Cooroy.

Artist's impression of the new Cooroy supermarket planned to open in February 2021.
Artist's impression of the new Cooroy supermarket planned to open in February 2021.

The business will be the second supermarket for Peter Zipf's company Creekgold, which also owns Cooroy's Supa IGA on Emerald St, among other commercial properties.

In an article in the Cooroy Rag, store manager Paul Bateman said Cooroy "now has a choice" when it came to their shopping experiences.

But locals seem unconvinced.

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Cooroy shoppers took to social media voicing their concerns a second supermarket owned by the same company created a "monopoly."

"No competition with this one, connected to IGA. I don't like monopolies," one person wrote.

Another local was concerned the extra competition would impact smaller food operators such as Emerald St business Harvest.

But Harvest owner Joe Bartolo believed the new supermarket would not affect him too much.

"It really doesn't bother me what anybody does - we just look after us," he said.

Mr Bartolo wished the new supermarket every success but said he wouldn't be shopping there.

"Each to their own, they are creating more jobs," he said.

"I'm happy to eat out of here."

Sunshine Coast Daily approached store manager Paul Bateman for comment but he advised they had an "exclusive deal" with a print publication.


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