First sod turned for new $15m service centre
UP to 260 new jobs are expected to become available in Coffs Harbour with construction now under way on a new $15m service centre on the Pacific Highway.
Around 110 jobs will become available across five different businesses, including Hungry Jacks, Oliver's Real Food, Boost Juice and Caltex Foodary, and 150 jobs during construction.
Located at the corner of Stadium Dr and the Pacific Hwy, work is expected to be completed in six months and will see the new centre open in time for Christmas.
At the official sod-turning on Monday, Project Director Julian Ackad from Spectrum Retail Group said the decision to invest in Coffs Harbour was 'made easy' by the booming local economy.
"Today is our first day of site works which is really exciting," he said.
"We saw great prospects in Coffs Harbour. It's a growing town, there's lots of investment happening here and the $1b Bypass was a big factor. We had a lot of strong interest from our tenants.
"The Coffs economy keeps going from strength to strength. In the last 12 months we've seen $338m worth of developments approved by Council and 9,000 jobs have been added to the economy since 2001."
Mr Ackad added Queensland-based Beech Constructions has taken on local contractors where possible.
Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, welcomed the development and said it was great news for the local economy.
"It's great to see the start of construction on another new enterprise in our growing city," he said.
"This is an investment in the future prosperity of the Coffs Coast."