$10M SUPER DOUBT

Woolworths says “no confirmed timelines” for second supermarket
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PLANS FOR DEVELOPMENT: Jason McPhail, whose family owns this block in Greta Road. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A PROPOSED $10 million Woolworths supermarket development for Greta Road is in doubt.

Planning scheme amendments which rezoned the site to allow the project to proceed were officially approved by the State Government this month.

However, a Woolworths spokesperson last week said the company had “no confirmed timelines in place for the development”.

“However, we are continuing to review the opportunity to bring a second Woolworths supermarket to Wangaratta,” the spokesperson said.

The Wangaratta Chronicle understands the perceived rate of Wangaratta’s population growth has been a contributing factor in Woolworths’ decision.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics last month published its latest estimates of the Rural City of Wangaratta’s population – putting it 27,117 in June 2014, which is 59 less than a year ago.

Jason McPhail, whose family owns the Greta Road land, said the feedback he had received was that the planned supermarket would “not be proceeding under the terms of our current agreement”.

“I’d like to thank Woolworths for all the work they did in getting the site rezoned and to a state where now any similar development will not have to go through what they had to go through to achieve what they were planning,” Mr McPhail said.


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