About Us

Ardrossan is the gateway to Yorke Peninsula, and Ardrossan Foodland is the ideal place to stock up on everything you need. Our award winning store offers everything you would expect from a modern supermarket, but so much more. The freshest of produce, meat & bakery, and a service deli that is every bit as good as its reputation. But what you will really remember is our “old fashioned” country service – something we pride ourselves on.

Ardrossan Foodland ad featuring John Sandercock

 

Situated on the east coast of the beautiful Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan is a comfortable 90 minute drive from Adelaide. As the largest town in the District Council of Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan is the perfect base from which to explore the wonderful beaches, historical towns, and magnificent coastline – an easy one hour drive will get you to almost every town & attraction “Yorkes” has to offer. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, you will find some great options at Ardrossan Caravan Park and Country Getaways.

Thinking of visiting? Check this out…Amanda Blair visits Yorke Peninsula – Amanda and her children recently called into our store on her way to a shack holiday at Black Point.

 

History

Our family company, GJ Sandercock Pty Ltd, has operated a retail business in Ardrossan for almost 30 years. In 1983 we purchased a General Store that was originally started in early 1900.

J.O. Tiddy

We started with 6 staff and in the first year increased annual sales from $600,000 to $1M.
We were able to do this by making a commitment to the community to have “What they want, when they want”. We continue to use this ethos as the cornerstone of our customer service today.

Serv-Wel 1983

In those early days we sold everything – all under the one roof.
It wasn’t long before we outgrew our building, so began an expansion program that has culminated in the store we have today.

  • 1992 created “Coastline Clothing”, which specialised in Ladies Clothing in a rented shop
  • 1993 purchased freehold of rented shop and adjoining property – commenced construction of a new 400 square metre shop
  • 1994 transferred our clothing, footwear, haberdashery & floorcoverings departments into the newly constructed shop, which became Coastline Clothing / Mensland.
  • 1997 relocated our hardware department into adjoining shop (previously tenanted), creating stand alone Mitre 10 Hardware & Garden Centre

Each of these moves gave us a little extra space to expand our supermarket at our original store. As we grew & expanded, we moved through the promotional banners of ServWell, Tom’s, SupaValu, Foodtown and finally, to South Australia’s premier food retailing group, Foodland.

Tom

Although the supermarket now had significantly more room, the building was old, and certainly not designed to house the modern supermarket we knew we needed, to meet the needs of our growing community. In 2006/2007 we sold our Mitre 10 and Coastline Clothing/Mensland businesses and commenced construction of an architecturally designed, purpose built supermarket, located at the rear of our original store. Great care was taken to ensure the historically significant old building was not only saved, but became an integral part of the overall development. Significant renovation enabled the facade to be restored, and the inside of the building developed into two tenancies, separated by a mall, which gave access to the new supermarket from the main street.

Foodland Plaza with the original facade

Our brand new, 1500 square metre supermarket commenced trading during Christmas week in 2007.

Foodland 2007

We now trade until 7pm every weekday, and until 5pm on weekends and public holidays. We only close for three days a year – Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We do, of course, delay our opening on Anzac day out of respect for the local march and services.

Our early ethos of “Giving the customer what they want, when they want it” is just as important today. We strive to provide a level of service that exceeds our customer’s expectations. We continue to offer all of our customers car service (helping them to their cars with their purchases); and provide free home delivery in local areas. We even telephone some of our elderly customers so they can tell us what they need, collate their order, then deliver to their home.