We are an old fashioned general store with a good touch of the modern, providing everything you could need from toothbrushes and toilet paper, to fruit and vegetables, gourmet produce and yummy treats. We have a great range of local produce, an excellent range of meats including free range and grass fed, local and imported cheese, and everything you need to cook dinner. Fishing licenses, gas bottles and ice, bait & tackle, as well as wood & kindling for those chilly nights. Beer, spirits and a wide range of local Mornington Peninsula wines, with tastings held on a regular basis.
Maybe you want to buy all the tasty treats you need for your dinner party, maybe you’ve just been for a stroll along the pier and want cold drink, or maybe you just need those necessities of life: bread, milk, and a newspaper.
Fresh bread including a fabulous range of artisan breads is delivered daily. Fresh fish on Fridays, and sushi on Fridays and Saturdays, plus a wide range of locally produced quiches and pies. Not to mention the delicious meals-to-go and baked goods made in store, or the hot roast chooks cooked on site daily.
We even have an espresso machine and can make you a latte with locally roasted coffee for your journey back home.
We stock a range of local Mornington Peninsula produce including:
Red Hill Cheese ~ Flinders Garlic (seasonal) ~ Shoreham Avocados (seasonal) ~ Pure Peninsula Honey ~ Baker Boys Bread ~ Flinders Sourdough ~ Essence Food for the Soul
As well as Mornigton Peninusla beers, ciders, wines, and spirits:
Hix Beer (Dromana) ~ Mornington Peninsula Brewery (Mornington) ~ Red Hill Brewery (Red Hill South) ~ Cheeky Rascal Cider (Main Ridge) ~ Mock Orchard Cider (Red Hill) ~ Baillieu Vineyard (Merricks North) ~ Balnarring Vineyard/Quealy Wines (Balnarring) ~ Crittenden Estate (Dromana) ~ Darling Park (Red Hill) ~ Dromana Estate/Mornington Estate (Tuerong) ~ Dunn’s Creek Estate (Red Hill) ~ Elgee Park (Merricks North) ~ Foxey’s Hangout (Red Hill) ~ Merricks Estate (Merricks) ~ Miceli (Arthurs Seat) ~ Paradigm Hill (Merricks) ~ Paringa Estate (Red Hill South) ~ Red Hill Estate (Red Hill South) ~ Tucks Ridge (Red Hill South) ~ Bass & Flinders Distillery (Red Hill)
But we also stock other tasty things from around Australia:
Calendar Cheese ~ Maggie Beer ~ Phillippa’s ~ Bakery Lievito ~ AG Vital Rye ~ GF Precinct (Gluten Free)
We are constantly finding delicious new products to stock, so check our Facebook page for the latest inclusions in our ever-expanding range.
The Flinders General Store has been providing goods for the people of Flinders and acting as a community hub for nearly 150 years. From the early days as a fishing settlement through to the boom years of the Telegraph Station in the late nineteenth century and the beginnings of Flinders’ popularity as a holiday spot in the early twentieth century.
Cook St in 1896, the General Store on the left and the Hotel on the right
The first land sales were in 1864, with the commercial strip along Cook St laid out in the second land sales of 1866. The Store site was purchased by the Brents and the General Store was established that same year.
Over the years the Store has passed from family to family, in many cases the business has been passed down through several generations. Owners such as Hooky Simmonds (1904-1922), Alf Murray (1922-1959) and Frank and Olive Commons (1959-1987) became community institutions. Hooky Simmonds used to hand out dates and sweets to kids who called in on their way home from school and gave his regular customers Christmas gifts which they could usually choose for themselves, Alf Murray was said to have carried many of the local fisherman through the winter by allowing them to pay their accounts only when the summer fishing picked up, and Frank and Olive Commons were so integral to the Flinders community that the Store was an absolute village hub (known as ‘The House of Commons’) and Frank was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the Community. The fire brigade siren was inside the back door of the shop and people made their doctors appointments at the Store.
While many things change, some things don’t. Kids still call in on their way home from school everyday, we still have accounts and sell bait to fishermen, and a member of the Commons family still works with us at the Store.
Many locals fondly remembers the shop as a dark and rambling labyrinth of shelves piled high with everything you could ever imagine. Whilst no longer dark and rambling, we still do our best to stock a little bit of everything, in true general store fashion. In the modern era general stores around Australia are rapidly vanishing, but the Flinders General Store is very proud to be keeping the tradition alive.
Cook St in 1926, with the store half way down the street.
(Information and photographs from ‘The Old General Store: A history of the general stores and post offices on the Frankston and Flinders Road, Western Port’ by Bruce Bennett)