Pink Lake IGA owners Ron and Carolyn pride themselves on creating the opportunity for local growers and producers to supply the local Esperance community with a platform for sharing their quality and heirloom produce. In turn, the local community has the opportunity to support the makers, producers, and growers across the region, as well as a 100% locally owned-and-operated independent supermarket.

The History of Pink Lake IGA

Pink Lake IGA was built on the site of what had been a service station for many years. The store was designed by Ramms Design with a lot of input and research from Paul and Renae Lapham, the original owner-operators of the supermarket. The build was done by Vermey Building Co, a local construction company. The construction was completed, and the first official sale was to Mr Vermey (the builder) in September 2006 – he purchased a well deserved block of chocolate!

Carolyn and Ron Chambers purchased Pink Lake IGA in May 2009.

About Carolyn

Carolyn moved to Esperance in 1980 when her family relocated from Kalgoorlie. Carolyn completed her schooling here in town and started working for Malcolm Heasman of Heasman and Associates, with a short break to raise her and Ron’s two boys. Carolyn has been involved with the Bijou Theatre and the P&C for Castletown Primary School. Carolyn was working for Pink Lake IGA at the time of purchase.

About Ron

Ron grew up in Ravensthorpe and completed his schooling in Ravensthorpe and Narrogin Agricultural College. Ron worked for a short time for Frank Hawkey and the abattoirs in Esperance, and it was during this time that he met Carolyn. Ron returned to Esperance and married Carolyn in 1991 after spending 4 years as a Military Dog Handler in the Australian Defence Force. Ron was also working at Pink Lake IGA at the time of purchase.

Pink Lake IGA values supporting local

To Ron and Carolyn, the most important values in the business are honesty and integrity. Customer service and a pleasant experience is what they strive for in the store. Ron and Carolyn have always believed that it is important to shop and support local as local business provide employment and create a backbone for local communities.

We know from experience that there are a lot of groups, clubs and other organisations that rely on the support of local businesses and without the support of the community those businesses would not be here.

-Ron Chambers

Another way they support our local community is the continuation of free delivery to aged pensioners, an initiative they commenced during COVID-19.

Pink Lake IGA also values diversity

One point that many people might not know is that Pink Lake IGA employ between 40 and 45 staff. They have had over 250 employees work for them since Ron and Carolyn took over the business. This has been a mix of school students who have gone on to university, backpackers from many parts of the world and people of many different backgrounds. They also provide opportunities for the students from Ed Support and GIFSA to gain hands-on experience.

The importance of being an EOPP Supplier

Being an EOPP supplier allows Ron and Carolyn to uphold their values of supporting local.

Members can shop with ease and local small businesses are able to simplify their administration. 

The benefits include exposing the store to a greater customer base. Ron and Carolyn have found that being an EOPP Supplier is very valuable to them as it creates a client base that they may not have if this service were not in place.

Contact Pink Lake IGA

Pink Lake IGA are always happy to hear from their customers. If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to phone or use their online contact form and they’ll try their best to respond to you as soon as possible.

Visit Pink Lake IGA: 72 Pink Lake Road Esperance WA 6450

Phone: 08 90711733

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Helen Ireland
Author: Helen Ireland

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