Vinnies supermarket opens in Melbourne

The St Vincent de Paul Society opened Vinnies Budget Groceries in suburban Heidelberg West last week, with 10,000 grocery lines selling for up to 25% cheaper than regular supermarket prices.

The Herald-Sun reports that the store, run by the St Vincent de Paul Society, is open to pensioners, health card holders and people on government benefits.

The low prices are possible because the store does not take profits and all staff are volunteers, project officer Max Fletcher said.

"I just have to cover the rent," he said.

More than 200 filed in during the first 90 minutes on Wednesday.

"Everyone said how much they loved it," Mr Fletcher said. "People were shocked by the variety we have, such as fresh fruit, meat and bread."

The aim is to keep staples, such as bread and milk, as cheap as possible, he said.

Five more stores will open in Vinctoria, including Moe, Ballarat and Wangaratta.

The Society's entry into this field in Victoria follows a review of a successful system that has been operating in Western Australia for around 20 years. Today in Western Australia there are 16 stores operating. Six of them are run by the Society who also manages a warehouse from the State Office, supplying goods not only to the Society stores but also some of the community-based operations.

The local mayor, Cr Greg Ryan, officially opened the Heidelberg West store.

It is at Shop 65, The Mall, and open Wednesday to Friday, 9am-3pm.

Grocery bargains galore (Herald-Sun 11/8/05)

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St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria

Vinnies Budget Groceries (St Vincent de Paul Society 8/8/05)

15 Aug 2005