Thursday, July 5, 2012

Temporary bakery approved

A LANDMARK building in central High St is to be given a new lease of life as the new home of  Banjo's Bakery in New Norfolk. At tonight's Derwent Valley Council workshop, general manager Stephen Mackey announced that a permit had been issued to enable Banjo's to open a temporary bakery cafe in vacant premises at 38 High St.

The news comes almost four months after the original Banjo's outlet was destroyed along with two other businesses in a disastrous fire that brought down the century-old Lee Building on the High St/Burnett St corner. Soon after the fire, rumours abounded that the bakery would reopen in the recently closed Joe's Supermarket, a prime location next to the post office. In a recent issue of the Derwent Valley Gazette, a Banjo's spokesman confirmed the plan to open at an undisclosed temporary location but reaffirmed that the long-term plan was to return to the corner spot.

The new location also has a long history, having been built as O'Brien's General Store in 1929. The business also included drapery and a bakehouse. From the early 1960s it was run by Rayner Bros as a supermarket and they eventually sold to Purity (now Woolworths) who operated there until building the present Charles St supermarket in 1983. The High St location continued as a supermarket until earlier this year. It has operated under various independent grocery business names and had several major upgrades including in the late 1980s when Ali Sultan reintroduced an in-store bakery. The most recent owner/operator was Joe Mohammed who completed a major revovation about 10 years ago.


  1. The Devils AdvocateJuly 6, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    So how long untill it opens?

  2. The Devils AdvocateJuly 6, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    ....and what is going in the old Jewellery store?

  3. Nearly 30 years since the current Woollies was built and it shows! Would be nice to get an upgraded supermarket too.

    1. The Devils AdvocateJuly 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      or an Aldi, now that would get the prices in Woolies a bit more customer friendly!

    2. Aldi - the Chickenfeed of supermarkets. Rubbish items with high markups relative to their wholesale costs. With Aldi, it's just a race to the bottom.
      I'd rather see smaller independent stores. Now, if Hill Street could be convinced to open a store here ....

    3. The Devils AdvocateJuly 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      A lot of the fresh food at Aldi is at times far better than Woolies or Coles. The other stuff they sell is Chickenfeed. Personal, happy to have a portion of my weekly food bill lower, so I can spend up on sunny holidays!

  4. Great to hear Banjo's is bouncing back! But why did it take over 4 months to get sorted?

  5. great to hear Banjos is sticking with the town.....why would we want an Aldi? Overseas stores sending profits overseas....why not try and keep what little money we are able to spend in our own back yard?

  6. The Devils AdvocateJuly 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Anonymous, so how many things do you buy that are purely Australian made and owned?? Even your breakfast vegemite is owned by an American company (Kraft)!As long as the company pays the wages to locals, sources as much local products as possible and pays their taxes, It doesn't bother me as it makes the weekly shopping a lot cheaper. Many "Australian" companies don't plough there profits back into Australia, just the CEO's and the share holders back pockets!