Supermarkets near me: A guide to your local grocer

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It’s time to go grocery shopping – but where? You may think it’s just a choice between Coles, Woolworths and ALDI, but your options are actually much more diverse than you might think.

Every state and territory has Woolworths and Coles (and a lot of them), plus third player ALDI in every state except for Tasmania and the Northern Territory. But have you considered sticking it to the man and instead supporting a local business?

Many alternative supermarkets have different, specialised product ranges or more locally produced stock. In addition, many have longer opening hours, such as IGA stores which are often open until midnight – handy for those with unorthodox schedules or with a 10pm urge to bake a lasagne.

Here’s our list of supermarket chains near you, beyond the three big names in groceries. Look for your state to find your options, and then scroll down to an intro to each store. Supermarkets are a rapidly shifting space with quite a lot of diversity – so keep an eye out around town for grocery stores that might not attract that big-name reputation but could turn out to be a hidden local gem.

Supermarkets in New South Wales

  • 5 Star (SPAR)
  • Costco
  • Foodland
  • FoodWorks
  • Friendly Grocer
  • The Greener Grocer
  • Harris Farm Markets
  • IGA
  • Maloney’s
  • Miracle Supermarkets
  • QE Food Stores
  • SPAR
  • Star Mart
  • Supabarn
  • Thomas Dux

Supermarkets in Victoria

  • Costco
  • FoodWorks
  • Freshplus
  • IGA
  • Leo’s Fine Food & Wine
  • Maxi Foods
  • MKS Spices ‘N Things
  • NQR
  • Star Mart
  • Thomas Dux

Supermarkets in Queensland

  • 5 Star (SPAR)
  • Costco
  • FoodWorks
  • Friendly Grocer
  • The Greener Grocer
  • IGA
  • SPAR
  • Star Mart

Supermarkets in the ACT

  • 5 Star
  • Costco
  • FoodWorks
  • Friendly Grocer
  • Harris Farm Markets (delivery only)
  • IGA
  • SPAR
  • Star Mart
  • Supabarn

Supermarkets in Western Australia

  • Farmer Jack’s
  • FoodWorks
  • Fresh Provisions
  • IGA
  • Spudshed
  • Star Mart

Supermarkets in South Australia

  • Costco
  • Foodland
  • FoodWorks
  • IGA
  • Star Mart

Supermarkets in the Northern Territory

  • 5 Star
  • Foodland
  • FoodWorks
  • IGA
  • Star Mart

Supermarkets in Tasmania

  • FoodWorks
  • IGA
  • Star Mart

Meet your local supermarket

Costco

Costco needs little introduction. The famous American bulk-buy store hit Australia’s shores in 2009, with nine now established around Australia. The warehouse store sells groceries, household items, electronics, appliances and all sorts of other things (even coffins!) at bulk-buy prices, and usually bulk-size packages. Unlike other supermarkets, you must be a member to enter the store. Membership costs $60 per year, or $55 for business owners (i.e. anyone with an ABN). However, there’s a satisfaction guarantee which means you can get a full refund if you’re not fully satisfied with your membership. Costco warehouses are located in Adelaide (SA), North Lakes (QLD), Crossroads, Auburn, Marsden Park (NSW), Canberra (ACT), Moorabbin, Ringwood and Docklands (VIC). Locations with fuel stations are Adelaide, North Lakes, Crossroads, Canberra and Moorabbin.

Farmer Jack’s

Focussing on a quality supermarket experience, Farmer Jack’s offers locally-sourced produce as well as products for specialised dietary needs, in addition to the expected supermarket fare. Frequent in-store activities are held, such as cooking demonstrations, to make Farmer Jack’s more than just a shop. There are 10 Farmer Jack’s locations around Perth, from Butler at the northern end down through to Maddington, all open daily except for Christmas day.

Foodland

Maintaining an active role in South Australian communities for more than 50 years, Foodland remains a South Aussie favourite as it continues to support local charities, sporting clubs and schools. Over half of products in the Foodland branded range are produced in SA, while the rest are produced elsewhere in Australia. That means there are no imported goods in the Foodland branded range. Each Foodland store is independently owned and focussed on the local community. There are more than 100 Foodland stores across South Australia, plus one each in Jabiru (Northern Territory) and Broken Hill (New South Wales).

FoodWorks

Every FoodWorks store is different, as the brand’s strong sense of independence feeds into a practice of allowing individual store operators full flexibility to match their store to their local community’s needs. FoodWorks has locations in every Australian state and territory, with more than 400 FoodWorks branded stores and nearly 650 total stores owned by the company. Its size came about following the merger of FoodWorks Supermarket Group and Australian United Retailers in 2004, which combined existing brands AUR, Foodstore, FoodWorks, Buy Rite, Cut Price, 727, Rite-Way, Food-Rite, Tuckerbag and Food-Way into one.

Freshplus

With three locations in Melbourne’s outer suburbs to the north (Roxburgh Park, Dallas and Meadow Heights), Freshplus is a Turkish supermarket specialising in halal goods and Middle Eastern grocery items. Each store includes a deli, hand-cut chicken and other meat available for Eid Al-Adha orders, fresh produce, and both locally made and imported specialty grocery products.

Fresh Provisions

Perth locals who want high quality produce and personalised customer service can look to Fresh Provisions to keep their larders stocked. The boutique supermarket supports local farmers by sourcing from Western Australian farms and boutique manufacturers. Fresh Provisions also offers catering and hampers. Stores are open every day except Christmas day, which can be handy if you’ve forgotten to pick up necessities in advance of other public holidays. There are two Fresh Provisions stores, located in Bicton and Mount Lawley.

Friendly Grocer

Formerly known as Four Square, the non-profit organisation is a group of independent stores collectivised under one CEO and board to manage the group’s buying power and marketing, which allows the individual stores to operate competitively. Each store is owned, run and managed by locals. As a non-profit, all profits are reinvested into the company to the benefit of member stores, rather than padding the pockets of shareholders as with traditional business models. There are over 240 Friendly Grocer stores across Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT.

The Greener Grocer

While they’re just one of the many local grocery chains claiming to offer quality fresh food and everyday groceries at competitive prices, The Green Grocer takes things a step further. The stated aims of the company include promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles, supporting the community, taking proactive steps to be environmentally sustainable, and to support local industries. Currently there are two The Greener Grocer stores – Maroubra, a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales, and Isle of Capri, a suburb of the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Harris Farm Markets

The Harris family founded and continues to own and operate Harris Farm Markets, a grocery chain driven by a respect to nature and the value it brings to families, communities, and farmers.  The product range covers fresh produce, grocery items, butcher produce, and seafood, including a wide range of organic options across all categories. Harris Farm Markets are found mostly around Sydney and its outer suburbs, but the supermarket does have some locations in other parts of New South Wales (including Bathurst, Erina, Glendale, and Bowral). All up there’s over 20 physical locations – if there isn’t one near you, Harris Farm offers a delivery service for online orders, covering the suburbs of Sydney, much of the Central Coast region, and even Canberra.

IGA

As one of the most recognisable names in independent supermarkets, you’d certainly be in the minority if you didn’t already know about your local IGA. The Independent Grocers of Australia share the benefits of group purchasing and marketing, which allows the individually-owned stores to price competitively with major supermarkets while otherwise operating independently. A number of stores were originally completely independently branded and operated but joined the IGA group to get in on the collective benefits to pass on to their customers. Many proprietors own multiple IGAs, such as Ritchies or Drakes. Over 1,400 IGA stores Australia-wide are spread across every state and territory.

Le Max Group (Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, Maxi Foods)

Within this company are two supermarket brands – Leo’s Fine Food & Wine, and Maxi Foods. Each brand focuses on different ends of the grocery market. Leo’s Fine Food & Wine offers gourmet groceries in addition to standard supermarket fare, with locations in Melbourne inner suburbs – Kew, Heidelberg, and Hartwell. Maxi Foods focuses on price and value, with locations in Upper Ferntree Gully, Castlemaine, and Ballarat. Both operate under a philosophy of ‘feel good’ environments for customers.

Maloney’s

For a true family business experience, Maloney’s in Sydney remains owned and run by founder Richard Maloney, his wide Joanna, and his brother in law Sebastian Matthews. The Coogee locals opened their first store in Coogee, before expanding to Surry Hills and Woollahra. The Maloney’s produce is hand selected and taste-tested, with the product range covering a full supermarket range of fresh produce, fresh bakery, butcher (including seafood), and grocery items.

Miracle Supermarkets

While local Asian grocers are widespread, Miracle stands out as a small and growing chain around Sydney. Staff speaking Asian languages (such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean), in addition to English, are chosen to offer accessible and knowledgeable customer service. The product range covers seasonal, locally grown Asian vegetables, with some stores including fresh cut cold meat, cooked BBQ meats, and bakery items. Miracle Supermarkets are located in Chatswood, North Ryde, Marrickville, Newtown, and Sydney City.

MKS Spices ‘N Things

In addition to being a specialist in groceries for South Asian cooking, MKS Spices ‘N Things is also a dine-in restaurant and host of Bollywood entertainment events. The chain keeps its consumer community connected through a text message and email mailing list. MKS Spices ‘N Things has four locations around Melbourne’s outer suburbs – Ashwood, Dandenong, Preston and St Albans.

NQR

Standing for ‘Not Quite Right’, which according to the brand is what you’ll think of the grocery chain’s low prices. With more than twenty locations across metropolitan and rural Victoria, though, they must be doing something right. NQR is a grocery clearance company, which means an ever-changing product line depending on what clearance items are available from their suppliers. These products come from manufacturers (often big brands) with excess stock, discontinued lines, and cancelled supermarket orders that need to be moved out quickly. NQR takes advantage of these circumstances to pass on savings to consumers.

QE Food Stores

Formerly known as 7 Star Supermarket, the new name stands for ‘quality’ and ‘ease’ to reflect the values under which QE Food Stores operate. The product range covers fresh produce, meat, and bread, plus specialist vegetarian, gluten free and organic products. Products range from the gourmet to the everyday supermarket fare. QE Food Stores can be found around Sydney, in Balmain, Camperdown, Darlinghurst, Newtown, Randwick, Waterloo, and Waverly – but the growing chain may soon add to that list.

SPAR / 5 Star

As part of the world’s largest supermarket chain (founded in Holland) SPAR’s presence in Australia also includes the 5 Star supermarket brand. SPAR is designed around convenience shopping, to make groceries accessible for people on the go by offering a supermarket product range in central and accessible locations, with extended opening hours. 5 Star takes the same principle to regional Australia. Between the two, SPAR has well over 100 locations across QLD, NSW, and the ACT. SPAR supermarkets can be found across both metropolitan and regional areas, with 5 Star sharing that regional presence.

Spudshed

Starting off as the Galati family’s market garden back in the 60s, Spudshed and its farms are still run by the Galati siblings – Tony, Vince, and Sam – along with their sons. After a childhood spent picking beans or harvesting potatoes for their Sicilian farmer parents after school, the brothers remain hands-on and passionate about providing fresh, local produce for the community with the majority of Spudshed produce coming from the Galati farms. From the literal shed in which the business kicked off, today there are eight Spudshed locations around Perth city and to the south.

Star Mart

These compact grocery stores are attached to a large proportion of Caltex petrol stations. While they’re only small, a Star Mart can be handy for quickly ducking in to grab those forgotten essentials or a meal on the go – especially at odd hours where it can be harder to find a larger supermarket still open. The product range includes fresh coffee, bakery, snacks, take-home meals, confectionary, cold drinks, bread, milk, and a range of other grocery items. Star Marts can be found in every state and territory – but note that not every Caltex has a Star Mart attached. See the Caltex website to find a Star Mart near you.

Supabarn

Founded in the ACT, this independent supermarket chain claims to adhere to a consistently high quality of produce and to never buy poor quality or inferior product in order to have a ‘special’ – all fresh produce on sale is the same quality as the usual stock. This produce is farm-direct, with no warehousing intermediary step from farm to supermarket. Supabarn works with small and local producers of fresh and grocery items that aren’t accessible by major chains, as well as stocking a wide range of major brands. Supabarn can be found in six locations around ACT’s outer suburbs, and three around the southern half of Sydney.

Thomas Dux

Now owned by Woolworths, these luxury grocery stores are dwindling in number as they’re gradually transitioned over to Woolworths Metro stores, sold off to other boutique grocery chains, or closed down. Four stores remain – Paddington and Mona Vale in NSW, and Black Rock and Armadale in VIC. These stock local produce sourced daily from wholesale markets, as well as high-end local and imported grocery items and a fresh deli. The brand specialises in niche grocery needs including organic, gluten-free, preservative-free and free-range products.

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