Another hit for Dysart
BATTLE on all fronts for mining town grocers.
Wednesday 25 May 2016
DYSART job losses are likely, following a decision by the Cornetts independent supermarket chain to close its K & D Supermarket in Dysart.
According to Cornett’s, the move reflects the broader implications of the mining downturn.
“It is no secret that many mining communities have seen dramatic reductions in personnel and with that an immediate effect on the viability of these supermarket operations,” Cornetts Supermarkets CEO Graham Booysen said.
"We have been reviewing the viability of having two stores in Dysart and have come to a decision which has been announced to our staff.
"While we cannot rule out redundancies, we expect that many of the two supermarkets staff and services will merge."
However, the impact of home-delivered groceries to households in mining communities may have also had a bearing on Cornett’s thinking.
Both of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, Coles and Woolworths are already delivering to Tieri from Emerald and are exploring the feasibility of offering home delivery to customers in Middlemount and Dysart.
The arrival of this service would take revenue directly away from businesses like, Cornetts IGA, which has shops in Dysart, Middlemount, Moura, Glenden, Clermont, and Collinsville.
In Blackwater where there is already a Woolworths in town - Coles have started home delivering because they were already providing services to the nearby Curragh mine who wouldn't buy groceries at Woolworths. Coles and Curragh are both owned by parent company Wesfarmers.
The issue has divided consumers in Blackwater.
“Well if we don't support them they will go for sure,” one resident said.
“Look how many empty shops & houses we already have, FIFO/DIDO is going to f*#k our town as they don't support Blackwater they take the money & run.”
“I have two kids to feed and I am fed up going to woolies, and there is no milk, bread and the fruit is rotten. What else am I expected to do? Starve or go to Coles,” responded another.