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Kaufland expansion to stimulate construction industry in VIC

  • Posted on Thursday 29th, August 2019.

Supermarket giant, Kaufland, has invested $435 million as part of its entry into the Australian market which according to the Victorian Government is likely to create hundreds of opportunities for local construction businesses.

Kaufland’s expansion in Victoria is reported to be “gathering steam”, with the supermarket chain receiving approval for a further two stores and proposing at least nine more.

Minister for Economic Development, Tim Pallas, announced this week the go-ahead for stores in Coolaroo and Oakleigh South, with the latter to also hold Kaufland’s headquarters.

This is on top of its 115,000-square-metre distribution centre in Mickleham – which is currently being built – and three already approved stores in Dandenong, Epping and Chirnside Park.

Kaufland has announced plans to build at least nine additional stores across Victoria – in Braybrook, Lyndhurst, Geelong, South Morang, Bendigo, Narre Warren, Warrnambool, Coburg and Pakenham.

The Victorian Government has referred the proposals to an independent advisory panel for consideration.

All approvals will be exhibited for public comment and be subject to public hearings which will help inform the advisory panel’s report to the Planning Minister.

“With five approved stores, as well as the additional nine sites under review, we are committed to our long term, sustainable growth across Victoria,” said Kaufland Australia Managing Director, Julia Kern.

“We look forward to creating thousands of jobs and creating opportunities for local businesses,” she said.

In other news, Woolworths secured a third of Australia’s total grocery spend in 2018.

(Image: Kaufland Australia Managing Director, Julia Kern.)

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