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Braddon locals call for supermarket in new developments

Graffiti saying 'IGA HERE PLEASE! Braddon needs one!!!' on the outside of the under-construction Habitat building in Braddon.

Graffiti saying 'IGA HERE PLEASE! Braddon needs one!!!' on the outside of the under-construction Habitat building in Braddon. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Justin Ryan wants nothing more than to walk down to a small supermarket in Braddon and buy an onion.

A businessman who has lived in the inner city suburb for eight years, Mr Ryan has chosen the site where he'd like a supermarket, an empty shop next door to Cornucopia Bakery in Mort Street where he wrote in bold red capital letters: ''IGA here please! Braddon needs one.''

The 182 square metre shop is currently for sale or lease.

The former inner-city car yard suburb is continuing to transform into a mixed-use area with two cranes on the skyline and development applications in the planning pipeline for medium density units.

Planning laws allow a 200 square metre supermarket in Braddon's commercial zone. A portion of the Cooyong Street urban renewal area (ABC Flats redevelopment area) permits a shop up to 800 square metres.

Business people say it's only a matter of time before a supermarket arrives.

Mr Ryan can't wait and says residents are growing more frustrated.

He says Express and Star Mart stores attached to service stations just don't cut it.

''They are convenience stores for buying chocolate at,'' he said.

''We don't need another cafe. There needs to be service businesses, not just cafes and restaurants. There's three liquor stores.''

He said his sign on a shop for lease was slightly cheeky, and his actions are under fire on his Facebook page, but the red chalk crayon will come off easily.

''I know I am not creating a problem, I am making it more obvious who they rent (the place) out to. I don't apologise for it.''

A chemist and fruit shop would also be welcome for people who wanted to walk or ride their bikes, and avoid driving a car to a major supermarket, which is the planning intention of Braddon's rezoning.

A 2007 planning study which underpinned the rezoning found Braddon over 20 years developed a unique character, merging light industry and motor trades with a diverse range of uses including a yoga studio, art galleries, outdoor shops and restaurants.

A spokesman for the former Braddon chamber of commerce Peter Conway said developments had been progressing steadily since re-zoning.

''Someone will see the opportunity. An IGA will move there as the population grows,'' he said.

Mr Conway would also like to see a bank and credit union in the neighbourhood.

29 comments

  • There was a supermarket on Lonsdale St, near where Lonsdale St Roasters is now, some years ago but it struggled with competition from Supabarn (only 600 or so metres down the road) and additional security costs (I recall it was robbed at least once) and closed down. The major issue I can see is the proximity of Supabarn. Is it really that far away?

    Commenter
    Luke V
    Location
    Braddon
    Date and time
    April 30, 2014, 12:21PM
    • People are complaining about having to walk 500m into Civic for these conveniences? I have to walk that far to get out of my street, let alone to a supermarket.

      Commenter
      Camm
      Date and time
      April 30, 2014, 12:26PM
      • I live next door to this building and saw the graffiti, as well as graffiti calling for a vegan café. How hard is it to walk two blocks to superbarn or aldi really? And vegan café? Sweet bones is just around the corner!

        If these people want and see a need for these things, put together a business plan, money and get a lease. Don't graffiti demanding others do it for you to prove how self entitled you are.

        Commenter
        Daniel
        Location
        Braddon
        Date and time
        April 30, 2014, 1:24PM
      • I saw the sign about the vegan and vegetarian restaurant too. If Sweet Bones isn't to your liking, there are Kingsland and Au Lac just up in Dickson!

        Commenter
        Mads
        Date and time
        April 30, 2014, 4:46PM
    • "Justin Ryan wants nothing more than to walk down to a small supermarket in Braddon and buy an onion." Im assuming by 'walk down' it means he lives in one of the new apartment blocks in Braddon. Its 2 mins walk from the middle of Braddon to Supabarn in the north end of the Canberra Centre. Theres a bakery and a fruit shop right next door with a Chemist across from those. Theres a 24 hour chemist just 5 mins walk away on Northbourne. He's kidding right? Lazy much? 5 mins walk too much for ya buddy or cant you walk that far without spilling your latte?

      Commenter
      J72
      Date and time
      April 30, 2014, 12:39PM
      • I work in Braddon and enjoy a walk to the Canberra Centre at lunchtime (where there is a Supabarn and an Aldi). Sometimes for a change I walk to the IGA on East Row, or even the Spar in City West. Together with 9 convenience stores in the City and the 7Eleven in Braddon there is ample opportunity for picking up some groceries. If you live in north Braddon (north of Haig Park) there is the 5 Star Handimart on Lowanna Street.

        With all these, I don't see that there is a need (or enough demand) for another supermarket. Bring on another pub (or the relocated Wig and Pen), I say!

        Commenter
        Jeff
        Date and time
        April 30, 2014, 12:42PM
        • The Bent Spoke is opening in this building, run by the previous master brewer from the wigg and pen!

          Commenter
          Daniel
          Location
          Braddon
          Date and time
          April 30, 2014, 1:29PM
      • Shall we all just start inscribing demands in red marker around the city??

        I want similar amenities on my side of the CBD (the side that is actually supposed to be developed in the city-to-lake master plan) but I think I will refrain.

        I do like the new Braddon, but if we are ever going to achieve a lakeside CBD then we need to start focusing on the vacant land in and around London CCT.

        Justin Ryan needs to calm his farm...

        Commenter
        Resident
        Location
        Akuna Street
        Date and time
        April 30, 2014, 12:45PM
        • #canberraproblems

          Commenter
          Bob
          Date and time
          April 30, 2014, 12:51PM
          • This is a joke right???? The King of lazy!

            Commenter
            Deutsch
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            April 30, 2014, 12:52PM

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