Re­tail boom be­comes real as stores ramp up ef­forts

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan @dal­by­her­ald.com.au

DALBY’S re­tail strength is set to get a strong in­jec­tion as a few gi­ants of the in­dus­try edge closer to open­ing their doors.

Bun­nings Ware­house is set to open in mid-October while the site for the pro­posed Aldi store has been de­mol­ished, with con­struc­tion work set to be­gin in the near fu­ture.

News has also bro­ken that Jean­swest will also set up shop in the town.

Dalby Shop­ping­world Man­ager Jon Russell said the ad­di­tion of these shop­ping su­per­pow­ers were a pos­i­tive for the area.

“From a town point of view, we’ve got ma­jor re­tail­ers who have con­fi­dence in the Western Downs, and I think that shows the strength of our re­gional econ­omy here,” Mr Russell said. “Jean­swest is open­ing here late Septem­ber, and it’s ex­cit­ing; it’s a young, pre­mium brand with fashion that suits young to old.

“The last three months of re­tail here have been very op­ti­mistic, nu­mer­ous stores have re­ported to me they’ve had an in­creased trade from last year.”

Bun­nings has stated that their Dalby store is a $12 mil­lion in­vest­ment, with a pro­jected 50 jobs to be cre­ated. While the Aldi store is tipped to gen­er­ate 20 jobs.

An Aldi spokesman said the su­per­mar­ket gi­ant is look­ing for­ward to trad­ing in Dalby, not­ing the shop will be un­veiled in less than a year. “As we grow, we con­tinue to look for new op­por­tu­ni­ties to bring the Aldi dif­fer­ence to more Aus­tralians,” the spokesper­son said. “Dalby is the com­mer­cial hub for the Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil and we have iden­ti­fied a strong de­mand in the area for a fresh take on gro­cery shop­ping.

“Aldi is ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties for the lo­ca­tion, in­clud­ing jobs for lo­cal res­i­dents.”

“While we haven’t con­firmed an open­ing date at this stage, we ex­pect Aldi Dalby will open in mid-2018.

“We look for­ward to up­dat­ing the com­mu­nity as our plans progress.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh said Dalby’s re­tail boom will ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity, as peo­ple from around the Western Downs choose to shop in Dalby in­stead of trav­el­ling to Toowoomba.

“Hav­ing ma­jor re­tail­ers come to our re­gion shows a real vote of con­fi­dence in the re­tail sec­tor in Dalby,” Mr McVeigh said.

“Peo­ple are not only stay­ing in town to do their shop­ping, but we will also cap­ture clien­tele from out of town, and those who would nor­mally just have passed through.

“And that will have flow-on ef­fects to our smaller lo­cal busi­nesses as well.”

PHOTO: SAM FLANA­GAN

FLAT­TENED: The old Beau­re­paires store and mul­ti­ple houses have been torn down as Aldi be­gins to plan their Dalby move.

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