OPINION: IGA closure means loss of convenience

WE'RE a funny lot.

The concept of Sunday trading has divided us as a community, with some vehemently believing we need to modernise and others believing Sunday should still be a day of rest.

At any rate, it's been allowed now and we've had the chance to get used to it. There's no doubt it's had an impact on convenience stores, even large ones.

And although many of us say we will support the smaller traders, often we don't. Australians are renowned for loving big-store shopping.

It's a similar issue on public holidays, the difference being the big guys don't open on these days.

And all of a sudden, with Cast's IGA having closed down, Bargara has faced its first public holiday without a grocery store and we got word yesterday quite a few people were rather put out.

Unfortunately, we can't have it both ways.

Of course, if people are really desperate, they can just drive the 15 minutes into Bundaberg and buy their groceries there - many people in other places have to travel further.

But then I guess that's why shops like Cast's were called convenience stores.

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