New Woolies on track

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE tilt panel walls have gone up and the roof is about to be put on the new Wool­worths su­per­mar­ket be­ing built on Water­son Way in Air­lie Beach.

The su­per­mar­ket is due to open in March next year.

Hutchin­son Builders site man­ager Cody Har­ris said the next phase of con­struc­tion was to erect the struc­tural steel to pro­vide a plat­form to build the roof.

The steel was de­liv­ered on Mon­day and work will start to­day with the roof ex­pected to be fin­ished within the next four weeks.

“We will also be mov­ing ahead with con­crete pave­ments in the car park,” he said.

“Af­ter we have done the struc­tural steel in­ter­nally we will be do­ing the un­der slab drainage, re­frig­er­a­tion drainage, trade wastes and prep­ping ground slabs in­ter­nally.”

The car park will have 208 al­lo­cated park­ing spa­ces and a per­cent­age of the car park will be avail­able for pub­lic park- ing.

Mr Har­ris said they would be com­plet­ing the han­dover to Wool­worths on Jan­uary 24 and ready to open on March 24.

The $8.4mil­lion de­vel­op­ment will have 2800 square me­tres of su­per­mar­ket floor space and a pedes­trian walk­way link­ing into the vil­lage.

Mr Har­ris said plans for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in­cluded an ad­di­tional 600 square me­tres of su­per­mar­ket space and 1000 square me­tres of re­tail te­nancy.

He said the de­vel­op­ment was a pos­i­tive step for Air­lie Beach and good for other de­vel­op­ers to see in­dus­try lead­ers such as Wool­worths in­vest­ing in the com­mu­nity. A spokesper­son for Wool­worths Limited said the de­vel­op­ment would cre­ate about 80 new lo­cal jobs.

“Un­for­tu­nately there have been some delays due to the weather, how­ever we are work­ing hard to make up this time,” she said.

MOV­ING FOR­WARD: Hutchin­son Builders site fore­man Joe Ja­cob­sen and site man­ager Cody Har­ris are con­fi­dent the new Wool­worths su­per­mar­ket on Water­son Way, Air­lie Beach will be open for busi­ness next year.

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