Carlingford Fruit World is a big shop with a big heart. Stocked with an unrivalled range of fruit and veg, people visit from all over to find exactly what they want. Yet it’s Carlingford’s long-serving staff and friendly service that has kept the same customers coming back for years.
One of shop’s most familiar faces is Habib. Having managed Carlingford Fruit World for over 23 years, it’s safe to say that he’s learnt a thing or two about what the locals love so much about the shop.
“While Carlingford has changed a lot since I started [working] here, shopping for fresh produce has always been a family activity so I’ve seen a lot of young ones grow up in my time.”
The area’s strong Chinese population means customers can find a selection of authentic Eastern ingredients from green bananas, bitter & hairy melons to any Chinese leafy green you can think of.
Like most greengrocers, Carlingford Fruit World has expanded its scope offering pre-packaged deli products and a well-stocked quality dairy section.
But it’s their vast array of fruit and vegetable varieties that is truly impressive. The sheer size of the shop has allowed Carlingford Fruit World to carry multiple lines of the same product.
“Right now we stock about 12 different types of stone fruit, so we’re definitely spoilt for choice here.”
Since beginning as a part-time worker over two decades ago, Habib says they’ve never sold better produce than they do right now.
Sam – the shop’s current owner of 11 years – comes from a long lineage of fruiterers, following the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
“You could say he’s got it in his blood.” Habib joked.
“As a buyer he knows what to look for in all types of fruit and veg. He also has some good relationships with suppliers at [Sydney] Markets so we’re always getting the best for our store.”