New supermarket for Murwillumbah
RETAIL competition in Murwillumbah is about to heat up, with a second major supermarket proposed for the town.
A 'Supa IGA' store with seven speciality shops has been proposed for the site of the century-old former NORCO butter factory and milk depot which will be bulldozed.
The 1,700-square-metre super market, accompanied by seven speciality stores, including a bottle shop, is intended to compete directly with Coles, situated in Sunnyside.
According to a development application lodged with Tweed Shire Council a "second full-line supermarket will create a competitive environment with a resultant reduction in prices to customers".
The new complex is tipped to create 60 jobs.
IGA has told the council it favours a new large store on the South Murwillumbah site because potential flooding in the heart of town meant any new supermarket would have to be on a second level.
As well, parking in the town centre is at a premium and the South Murwillumbah site is "not affected by CBD congestion".
The new store is to have parking for 96 vehicles.
It means Murwillumbah will also have two IGA supermarkets as well as the existing 5 Star Regent supermarket.
IGA had planned to relocate its existing supermarket in the Warina Walk arcade opposite the post office, but proprietor Manmohan Janda yesterday revealed he refused to move.
"They approached me but I refused to go. If someone else is opening good luck to them. We are staying," he said.