Sims Footscray, 511 Barkly St, West Footscray. Phone: 9687 2117
The Footscray branch of Sims doesn’t get quite as much of our time or money as it used to.
Still, it proves useful still on occasion – it often depends where we’re heading home from.
According to a very short article at Wikipedia, the Sims family package of supermarkets is now down to two – Footscray and Werribee.
Stores in Hoppers Crossing and Sunshine have been sold and rebadged under the macPlus Retail Group banner.
The two remaining Sims stores are affiliated with IGA in some way, but I seriously wonder how the Footscray branch is going to deal with the growing pressure of rapid growth – the store backs on to Bunbury Village – and the arrival of the big boys.
The Highpoint development project currently being erected will house a new Woolworths supermarket, and just up the road from Sims there’s an Aldi and a Coles at the Central West.
We like the range of Black & Gold sweeties at Sims.
Sims stocks Bickfords cordials – bit not the bitter lemon flavour! Grrrrr …
They do stock muesli basics, though. The white sultanas and roasted almonds for same are obtained from Sunshine Fresh Food Market.
Sims often has pretty good specials. I’ll be interested to see how these super cheap Italian tomatoes scrub up.
For a store that has quite a robust Mediterranean flavour, the range of oils and pastas is on the humdrum side.
For some splendid reason, the Footscray Sims just about always has really cheap red capsicums.
I love the way the smell of them getting blasted in the oven fills up the house.
Peeling and seeding roast capsicum is one of those Zen things – you’ll end up with a puddle of mush if you’re in any way cranky, impatient or hasty.
So soothing to just let your fingers ease the seeds and skins away!
The deli section at Sims is definitely one of the store’s strengths, with a really excellent range of cheeses.
The meat section is no great shakes, but there are quite often specials on items that are approaching the date they’ll have to be disposed of.
We tried a couple of these rather fine-looking but affordable pizzas … and found them to be not very good at all. The Village Store in Yarraville has a different and better brand.
I’ve often been frustrated when being unable to find fresh coriander at Sims. And then, when I do find some, I find it’s $3 a bunch!
The bread and specialty biscuit arrays don’t do much for us, but we like the range of rolls and buns for work and school lunches.
The ATM comes in the flavour of free – for my cards, anyway!
In some ways, that we don’t use Sims so much these days is a little sad for us. It’s just the right size – you know, not too big, not too small.
And it’s eccentric and and has a heart, unlike its corporate competitors.
Long may it remain open!