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Published July 11th 2021
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Switchback Cellars is a store of many facets, a bottle shop, a convenience store, a milk bar and somewhere to buy your daily paper.
Situated in Switchback Road, Chirnside Park, it is in a shopping strip on the corner of Polaris Way.
What you will find inside.
The corner store has been operating for over 40 years, originally as a milk bar, but has been operating as a bottle shop and convenience store for the past 25 years.
The signs says it all.
The wide aisles gives access to all the merchandise, and there is a plentiful supply of merchandise. Owner Stuart says that 80% of his regular customers are locals. "Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage sold," he adds.
Part of the range of wines.
The cold ones.
Most of the wine in stock is of Australian vintage, with only a small percentage of overseas wines. It was nice to see many Yarra Valley wineries represented.
Plenty to choose from.
Regular specials are always available.
Stuart inspecting one of his specials.
Almost every shelf has specials.
Stepping from the cellar department it is certainly a convenience store with many shelves full of everyday items. It's like a mini-supermarket.
Wide aisles and fully stocked shelves.
A large range of the usual cold soft drinks, fruit juices and milk await the thirsty customer.
Some of the soft drinks range.
Fruit juice department.
Chips, twisties and pringles are some of the snack treats available to go with your soft drink.
Some of the quick snacks.
For a more substantial snack, pies, party pies chicken nuggets and chips can be found in the frozen food section.
Some of the frozen foods available.
A good range of ice creams are available, with all your favourites.
A cold treat.
Daily newspapers and a small range of popular magazines adorn the publications rack.
Snacks and reading material.
Dog food, cat food and more.
Switchback Cellars has long opening hours for customer convenience.
It is the perfect place to follow the advice of "Shop Local."
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83-85 Switchback Road, Chirnside Park.
Outer East Melbourne
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