Indian brothers spice up Glenorchy

GLENORCHY’S first Indian grocery store has thrown open its doors.

The Spice House, located on Tolosa Street, is the second store of its kind owned and operated by bothers Gurpreet and Mandeep Singh.

Sourcing products from around the world, The Spice House carries a full range of spices and Indian groceries including spices, fresh sweets, dals, ready-to-eat meals, rice, pooja items, snacks/namkeens, tea and coffee, biscuits, flour, oil, chutneys and utensils.

Mr Gurpreet Singh said they decided to open a store in Glenorchy as it was one of the fastest growing areas in Hobart.

“The northern suburbs boasts a diverse community and there was a need for this type of store in the area as these ingredients are not easily accessible in regular supermarkets,” he said.

“And, in addition to subcontinent communities – including Indians, Sri Lankens, Bangladesis and Vietnamese – we have found that the local Australians are a big fan of their curries and are keen to try out the spices and ready-to-eat meals.”

The store was officially opened by Glenorchy City Council Alderman Simon Fraser at a celebration event in late July.

The event saw 180 people from the surrounding community converge at the new store to take part in the balloon and face painting activities, complimentary food trucks and range of in-store specials.

Alderman Fraser said it was an honour to cut the ribbon on the first Indian grocery store in Glenorchy.

“The opening of this store is another reminder of the cultural diversity in our community,” he said.

“Many of our migrants come from a cultural tradition where setting up your own business or working in a family business is very common and Gurpreet and Mandeep are a fantastic example of that.

“If you go for a walk around the main street in Moonah and Glenorchy, and even through our shopping centres such as Northgate and Claremont Plaza, you can see an increasing number of businesses being run by members of our migrant community.

“This entrepreneurialism is one of the big reasons why migrants are so healthy for our regional communities – it creates jobs and opportunities for all.”

In addition to Indian groceries, The Spice House also operates as a corner store, stocking milk, bread, fried lunch foods and fish and chips.

“We want to keep operating as a corner store to make it even more convenient for our surrounding community,” Mr Singh said.

“We’ve been open for two months now and have already had a really good response, with people happy to have us here.”

The Spice House is located at 117 Tolosa Street, Glenorchy, with an additional store located at 43 Forster Street, New Town.

For more information, visit www.thespicehouse.com.au.

Caption: From left, Rio, Mandeep Singh, Raj Chopra, Glenorchy City Council Alderman Simon Fraser and Gurpreet Singh.