War on Woolies

Servo objectors to hold rally, boycott local Safeway
RALLYING OPPOSITION: Simon Quilty (right) wants all those opposed to a service station being built where McKenzies old store and Marvilla's restaurant currently sit in Ryley Street, to rally next month. Lending their support to the cause last week were (from left) Lucy Dwyer, Charlotte and Lucy Bett, Edward Dwyer, Imogen and Verity Quilty, Jane Kealey and Greta Dwyer.

ORGANISERS of a protest rally against a Woolworths-Caltex 24 hour service station proposed for Ryley Street hope several thousand people will vote with their feet, and help send a message to councillors and Woolworths next month.

The No Safeway Servo Community Group is looking to galvanise what it believes is overwhelming public opposition, at a rally on Thursday, December 6 in Merriwa Park from 4pm, which will march in the street to the Safeway car park.

The group is also backing a call to boycott Safeway Wangaratta the following day – and shop at Coles, Aldi or IGA – to show there are enough people in the community concerned about the issue to have a financial impact on the business, and perhaps make it rethink its proposal.

There are unsubstantiated reports trade is already being impacted at the store, by as much as tens of thousands of dollars a week but a Woolworths’ spokesperson said on Friday there had been ‘no impact’ on trade.

This post is part of the thread: Safeway Servo – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.

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