New Woolies on track
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.