Behind each of your favourite stores are passionate, hardworking people who welcome you to take part in their story, every time you walk in. Here, we introduce you to the faces behind some of your favourite Stockland retailers. Learn about the history of their business, the products and services they offer and what they love about their local community.
Meet Meredith of Panetta Mercato
- Tell us about your store?
Panetta Mercato is a family run business that has been in operation for over 20 years throughout Sydney. Our store at Baulkham Hills supplies the freshest fruit and vegetables to our local community as well as a variety of gourmet and international grocery lines. We have a fully stocked continental deli as well as a café serving Schibello coffee, a variety of cakes and slices. The store is also a supplier and distributor of Papas Cakes in the local area.
- What do you love about your store?
I love the handy location of the store, it’s very convenient. We also pride ourselves on our quality and our variety. We have a range of pre-prepared meals for convenience as well which I love.
- What feedback to you get from your customers?
The feedback is positive. A lot of customers like our range of products and our quality. Customers generally say they only came into the store for one item and walk out with ten items!
- With regard to your store type, what are customers wanting right now?
At the moment customers are buying a lot of oranges and ginger. Custard apples have been in season and have been very popular too.
- With regard to your store type, what new trends are you seeing?
I see a trend towards pre-prepared meals and a demand for that. We have a variety of readymade meals including, Lasagne, Mousaka, Spanikopita, Pasta dishes, Pizzas, Garlic Bread, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed pumpkins and soups that are all made in store.
- What do you love most about your job?
I love being on the shop floor and seeing regular customers, having a chat and being able to serve them. I also love the team of staff I have. We work hard together but we also have fun doing it. I love seeing my staff interacting with the customers and building a repour with them.
If you’d like to read more about your most-loved retailers, their products, and the faces behind the businesses, click through to the Retailer Stories page on our Belong hub. There are plenty of stories to share!