Baldivis liquor shed gets the thumbs up

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Peel Wine Association president Bernie Worthington says he would support a big-box bottle shop in Baldivis if the day comes.

Fruit and vegetable grower Tony Galati, who opened his first Liquor Shed in Jandakot on Saturday, said he was considering similar ventures in Baldivis and Mandurah.

Mr Worthington, who owns Drakesbrook Fine Wines in Waroona, believes a liquor store run by Mr Galati would be positive for Baldivis and Peel wineries.

“You never miss a marketing opportunity,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned if he wants to go head-to-head with Coles and Woolworths, it’s fantastic.

“If he is prepared to set up a section in his shop that sells everyday labels that people don’t know about, it can only be good for the industry and I reckon people will go there because they will browse around, they’ll have a look at the new labels and varieties and they’ll give it a try.”

Stakehill Estate Winery’s Rob and Lee Bunney agreed with Mr Worthington despite their wine not being shelved in Mr Galati’s Jandakot Liquor Shed.

“We have sold table grapes to Tony for about 10 years and have not had a problem or had to haggle on price,” Mr Bunney said.

“I have already had my wines assessed by the cellar master for the Jandakot store, but he didn’t buy them because our style is a little bit sweeter than normal.”

Mr Galati said opening a liquor store in Baldivis was still subject to further consideration but, if opened, the bottle shop would by no means be focused solely on “cheap alcohol”.

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