News

Master Grocers hit back at lobbying for hour deregulation

MASTER Grocers Australia (MGA), which represents the independent supermarket sector, is opposing the further deregulation of trading hours across Australia.

"This move is aimed at delivering even more market share to the Coles and Woolworths duopoly", MGA chief executive Jos de Bruin said.

"And it will come at the expense of small independent grocers which are typically family concerns.

"Coles and Woolworths already have 80% of the market. Not content with that, they now want to change the law in a way which they know will destroy the one small area where independent grocers are competitive: the ability to open an hour or so earlier than the Big Two and gain a small share of the market."

MGA is reacting to recent public lobbying from the Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA), which represents the interests of Coles and Woolworths.

ANRA wants changes to the trading laws to be put on the COAG agenda.

The net effect would be that Coles and Woolworths would be open for longer hours in WA, SA and Queensland.

"We know there is a direct effect on a small, independent grocer when trading hours are extended for Coles and Woolworths," he said.

"Our members have seen a 5% drop in business following changes in Western Australia. Same in Queensland. Many shop owners in our network are only just surviving and this 5% brings some of them to the brink of collapse.

"We have already seen the duopoly act as one when it comes to predatory pricing and to buying up major new sites to muscle out any competition. Now they want to extend that to trading hours."

Mr de Bruin said local stores were an important part of the community.

"Our stores are very much part of the local community and if a store closes it does real damage to the local network of suppliers and support services," he said.

"These ripple effects can be catastrophic for small, local communities but they don't concern Coles and Woolworths who simply want more and more, whatever the cost. However these impacts should be of major concern to our governments when it comes to considering Coles and Woolworths latest demands.

"This shows the myth of competition between Coles and Woolworths. We know the duopoly acts in unison when it comes to the smaller independent operators (members of MGA) who trade under various banners including IGA, Foodland, FoodWorks, SPAR and Friendly Grocers.

Topics:  editors picks



Nine males, one female; divers watch turtles get frisky

Mating season ends this month.

One female, nine males, this is all part of nature for turtles

Unlike: the Facebook scam targeting Bundy businesses

ALARM BELLS: Cool Bananas co-owner Sharlene Gemming managed to avoid the phishing trap. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail

Scammers are targetting local cafes on Facebook

Local Partners

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Olivia Wilde having a girl

Olivia Wilde revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

Michael Palin: Terry Jones dementia is 'painful' to see

Michael Palin has found Terry Jones' decline "painful to watch"

Daniel Radcliffe hoped for haircut anonymity

Radcliffe thought shaving his head would make him more anonymous

Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit

Jim Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of White's ex-husband.

'Highly unlikely' Brad Pitt will face prosecution

It is highly unlikely that Brad Pitt will be prosecuted

Developers boost confidence in Bundaberg property market

Slow and steady growth has always been Bundaberg’s way

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state