Rangeway deli reopens under new owner

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Amanda Thomson and Neil Jupp at the new Jupp’s Rangeway Deli.
Camera IconAmanda Thomson and Neil Jupp at the new Jupp’s Rangeway Deli. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Rangeway Utakarra Karloo Progress Association has welcomed the retention of a Rifle Range Road convenience store, claiming it’s necessary to serve a low socio-economic area where many residents don’t have cars.

On June 4, Rangeway Deli and Takeaway reopened under new owner Neil Jupp, who renamed the store Jupp’s Rangeway Deli.

A new dining area has been installed and the store will soon feature kangaroo stew and “roo” pie, largely for indigenous families interested in traditional food.

Employee Amanda Thomson said she was not concerned about economic hardships affecting the deli.

“I actually think we’ll do very well here,” Ms Thomson said.

“It’s amazing how much money people are spending on chips and lollies and Coke and stuff — we’re needing multiple deliveries a week.”

Progress association chairwoman Corryne Bull said the store changing hands instead of closing meant Rangeway residents still had nearby places to buy food.

“It’s a low socio-economic area,” Ms Bull said.

“There’s a lot of single parents without cars and elderly people who don’t roam too far from their houses.

“Now that the deli is staying, people who live around there have somewhere close by to eat and people who live around the other end (of Rangeway) still have Adam’s Store, which always does a roaring trade.

“They have a solid client base, despite (Caltex) The Foodary and Aldi.”

Ms Bull said if a buyer snapped up the lottery and post office combination at the closed Rangeway Supermarket, the suburb would have all the amenities it needed.

While fresh food options in Rangeway have dwindled since the closure of Rangeway Supermarket, basic groceries are still available at Batavia Coast Butchers, which sells items such as cereal, vegetables, bread and milk.

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