Aldi wants to bring in the bulldozers

A DEVELOPMENT Application (DA) from Aldi that calls for the demolition of a Toormina shopping centre is on public display at the Coffs Harbour City Council offices.

Aldi purchased the Busy Bee Shopping Centre in Toormina late last year for $4.08 million and at the time a company spokesperson said that the company had no immediate plans for the site.

But plans change, with Aldi's DA now proposing the building of a two storey development with a ground floor car park for 73 cars, including a loading bay and bicycle car spaces, and an Aldi food store on level one. “The existing buildings on the site will be required to be demolished,” the DA states. “Planit Consulting has been commissioned by Aldi Stores (a limited partnership) to prepare and submit a statement of Environmental Effects relating to a proposed Aldi food store.”

The Busy Bee shopping centre has a mixture of retail and commercial properties including a hardware, pet store and medical facility, as well as Unreal Estate, which is operated by Coffs Harbour City Councillor Kerry Hines.

The DA states it is unlikely to have adverse impacts on the built or natural environments surrounding the development.

There are 200 Aldi food stores in Australia, with 6000 stores world wide in Europe, USA and Australia. The first Australian store was opened in 2001.

The property is located in Business 3(c) Town Centre zone in accordance with the LEP.

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