Spudshed operations manager Sebastian Galati with employees Amanda Pryce-Howells, Kerry Bell, Briana Dorant, Magdalena Davidour, Katie Eiffler, Debbie Huer and Kate Futcher. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au
Spudshed opened its first store with Home Consortium this morning at HomeCo Butler, situated 40km north-west of the Perth CBD. In continuing the increasingly famous tradition, Spudshed gave away free 1kg bags of farm-grown potatoes to a throng of foodies and appreciative locals.
The new 3,900 sqm store follows the hugely successful fresh food market model that has seen Spudshed enjoy phenomenal success in the West Australian market and now within HomeCo’s Western Australia portfolio, as Spudshed is also set to open at HomeCo Joondalup in the coming months.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Spudshed to HomeCo Butler,” says David Di Pilla, Chairman of Home Consortium. “Apart from being the best privately-owned provider of fresh food in the state, Spudshed offers exceptional quality, variety and value, which aligns very strongly with the HomeCo mission.”
Spudshed is a classic small-business success story. The family owned business began selling vegetables as a market garden in Spearwood, a southern suburb of Perth in the 1960s, and now has a turnover of over $285 million, and owns tens of thousands of hectares of farming land across the state on which the bulk of its produce is grown to supply its network of stores. The company’s ability to control its own supply chain has enabled it to control quality and maintain profitability in a category that has intense margin pressure.
Spudshed at Butler will trade 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It joins Amart Furniture, Spotlight, Anaconda, Pet Stock and a selection of other specialty stores in the new centre.
This marks the 22nd centre opening for Home Consortium, which is expanding across Australia and delivering a new model for convenience-based shopping centres with ample free car parking and a diverse mix of lifestyle and everyday needs stores under the one roof.