By PETER CATON
RETAIL giant Woolworths is looking to establish a supermarket in Murwillumbah and is believed to have checked out some prime potential development sites.
The move comes hard on the heels of a development application to Tweed Shire Council for a Supa IGA supermarket and other stores at South Murwillumbah.
Woolworths is believed to have looked at the suitability of sites around Prospero Street, South Murwillumbah and the Sunrise Motors property which stretches from Brisbane Street behind the Regent Theatre building to Wollumbin Street.
A Woolies corporate spokesperson confirmed the company was "always looking" but would not reveal too much.
"We are always looking at development opportunities where there is a need and where there is an appropriate site."
Sunrise Motors owner Bob Stainlay says no approach has been made to him.
"Send them around," he added. "Have they got lots of money? If that's the case they need to come and talk to me," he said.
Any move which might affect the Regent Theatre could spark public protests after it was included in a recent study of heritage properties by Tweed Shire Council.
Council's strategic planner Douglas Jardine said the 1950sstyle building was not officially listed as a heritage item, although council was working on a draft of a new Local Environment Plan which might list it.
One real estate agent said another problem was that "every time people hear of Woolworths coming into the area, the price doubles."
"But I know Woolworths were fairly serious about looking at Prospero Street," he added.