Chips are down for po­tato sell­ers

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Sarah Brookes

EASTERN sub­urbs res­i­dents will have ac­cess to cheaper gro­ceries around the clock af­ter the Metro East Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel ap­proved a 24- 7 Spud­shed in Bellevue.

The store will be at the old Mil­i­tary Mar­kets site, un­used for more than a decade af­ter the mar­kets closed in 2007 fol­low­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age from a fire.

Spud­shed owner Tony Galati looked for­ward to the new store open­ing be­fore the end of the year.

“Twenty years ago we gave away free spuds at the old Mil­i­tary Mar­kets in Mid­land and at the time I promised the res­i­dents of Mid­land that one day I would open a Spud­shed there,” he said.

“I am happy to fi­nally be able to hon­our that promise.”

The Spud­shed pro­posal was ad­ver­tised for pub­lic com­ment ear­lier this year and re­ceived two non- ob­jec­tions and four ob­jec­tions.

Ob­jec­tions were re­ceived from Vicin­ity Cen­tres, which op­er­ates Mid­land Gate, and TPG Place Match on be­half of Coles Group Prop­erty De­velop- ments for their sites in Mid­land Gate, Dar­ling Ridge Shop­ping Cen­tre and Bassendean Shop­ping Cen­tre, which said the pro­posal would have a detri­men­tal im­pact on neigh­bour­ing stores and shop­ping cen­tres.

A re­tail sus­tain­abil­ity as­sess­ment by the pro­po­nent pre­dicted in 2019 there would be a 1.9 per cent drop in turnover at Mid­land Gate, a 2.3 per cent drop at Dar­ling Ridge Shop­ping Cen­tre and a 0.8 per cent drop at Bassendean Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Tony Galati is pleased to be com­ing to Mid­land.

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