Maleny IGA is more than the local grocery store; it has become an icon and a destination in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Owners Rob and Sam Outridge have owned the store since 1995 and transformed the oldest commercial building in Maleny into a modern store with good old fashioned service – yes, they still take customers groceries to the car.
And in keeping with the modern era they also offer of an online shopping service with home delivery.
So what is it that makes Maleny IGA a destination for both tourists and locals? The answer is simple, it is diversity – the variety is both interesting and intriguing.
There are the standard grocery lines before a world of discovery opens as you enter the organic and health food section boasting a range of products at your finger tips including numerous gluten free foods. Included across all lines are local and Australian made products and the local products are in very high demand. A ticketing system identifies the local, regional and Australian made items for customer making the conscious decision to support those food producers.
Every section has something a little bit special. As part of recent renovations, a custom built Himalayan Salt Dry Aged Beef cabinet was installed, and the friendliest butcher in the world, Caine, is nearly always onhand to explain how the cabinet works. His passion is as tender as the meat.
The IGA mantra, “Nobody does local better than a local” is alive and well at Maleny.
Sam Outridge has taken a particular interest in building working relationships with local producers.
“We listened to what the customers were asking for and they wanted local products so we made sure we could supply as many as we could,” she explained.
So come on up to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, visit our local farms that are open to the public or take a guided tour then head to Maleny IGA – it is like a one stop shop for exceptional products grown and produced both on the Hinterland and in the Sunshine Coast region.