DJs talks turkey
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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