DJs talks tur­key

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Tony Rag­gatt tony. rag­gatt@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

TOWNSVILLE re­mains on t he radar as a po­ten­tial site for a new David Jones store, how­ever, any open­ing in the city looks to be three or four years away at least, ac­cord­ing to the re­tailer.

The group’s gen­eral man­ager of re­tail de­vel­op­ment, Tony Karp, told the Bul­letin yes­ter­day there was a pos­si­bil­ity the city could be in- cluded in its 2013-2016 store ex­pan­sion strat­egy al­though he added that at this stage that pos­si­bil­ity looked re­mote.

‘‘( Townsville) is still on the radar for the next phase of our store ex­pan­sion strat­egy which is fi­nan­cial year 2013 to 2016,’’ he said. ‘‘ We are ef­fec­tively sitting down now look­ing at ex­pan­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties for that pe­riod. Does that mean Townsville will be in there? I’d prob­a­bly say no on bal­ance.’’

Mr Karp said the rea­son was David Jones wanted to be open and trad­ing at a new de­vel­op­ment on the Sun­shine Coast called Sun­shine Coast Plaza and that pro­ject had been de­layed.

‘‘ While Townsville is on the radar, it falls into line once the Sun­shine Coast Plaza is open and trad­ing,’’ he said.

Mr Karp said Townsville could be on the ‘‘ back end’’ of 2013-2016 ex­pan­sion strat­egy or out­side it.

‘‘ We re­main in­ter­ested in Townsville,’’ he said. ‘‘ We are ob­vi­ously watch­ing the fu­ture Myer open­ing ( in Townsville) and their per­for­mance will give us some in­di­ca­tion of the de­mo­graph­ics.

‘‘ We are very much in metropoli­tan Queens­land but we’ve moved into the Gold Coast and we are mov­ing to the Sun­shine Coast.

‘‘ Once we have con­fi­dence and ex­pe­ri­ence with that, we’ll then look fur­ther afield.

‘‘ The next most log­i­cal step would be Townsville.’’

Mr Karp said he had dis­cussed op­er­at­ing in Townsvill e wit h Deputy Mayor David Crisa­fulli but had not had dis­cus­sions with any de­vel­oper for any Townsville site.

David Jones had op­er­ated in Townsville for many years up to 1993 then re­lo­cated to Stock­land’s Aitken­vale shop­ping cen­tre for a year be­fore quit­ting the city in 1994.

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