Posted February 24, 2018 05:25:30In a move that will hopefully ease traffic congestion in Melbourne’s CBD, a major supermarket chain has announced it will open new outlets in the capital’s northern suburbs, the latest in a string of major development projects planned in the region.
The Bunnings group, which owns the supermarket chain Pannell’s, said it was opening a store at the corner of Brougham Street and Dickson Street in the CBD’s south, as well as at a number of other locations in the northern suburbs.
The announcement comes after the retail giant announced it was extending the life of its Pannett’s in the north and the Pannells in the south and is also building a new Pannella supermarket in the inner west of the city.
Bunnings has been pushing to build a major new grocery store in the city since 2020, which would be the first major supermarket in Australia to open in the eastern suburbs.
While the new PANNell’s will be the largest outlet in the area, the new Bunnett’s outlet will have about 10 stores, including a small department store.
“It is a huge win for the people of Melbourne and the surrounding area,” Mr Dickson said.
“I think we are going to see an enormous increase in shoppers in the years to come.”
Mr Dickson also said the store at Broughams Street was expected to be a popular spot for locals, as it will also offer some of the best food in the supermarket market.
He said the opening of the new store was a “game-changer” for the CBD and would provide jobs and business opportunities for locals.
“This will be a huge opportunity for the community,” he said.
Mr Dinson said the Bunnetts outlet would be a great place for residents to shop for groceries, while the PANNells outlet would have some local business opportunities.
The opening of these stores is part of the larger plan to boost business and growth in the suburbs.
“We have always believed that this is a major opportunity for growth and development in our area, and it’s going to be fantastic for our community,” Mr Stenson said.