The bulldozers moved in as the last tenants moved out of the Allison St site, touted to be the new Bunnings.
The bulldozers moved in as the last tenants moved out of the Allison St site, touted to be the new Bunnings. Bruce Thomas

Dozers in for bigger Bunnings

THE eyesore that is the former Allison St Industrial Area in South Coffs is getting its long overdue new life as a Bunnings outlet.

In a win-win for the Coffs Coast, the work will also help address the gridlock that is a regular occurrence for highway users at the Cook Drive and North Boambee Road intersections.

Once home to more than a dozen businesses, the Allison St site has been slowly turning into a ghost town since it was put up for sale. The last of the remaining tenants moved out a week ago as the bulldozers and dump trucks moved in.

The site has been the subject of plenty of speculation in recent times, but informed sources tell The Advocate that Bunnings, not the Woolworths rival Masters, will be calling the site home.

While not confirming the location as their new site, Bunnings CEO Peter Davis said in a statement "Bunnings can confirm that a new store is planned for Coffs Harbour and is in the very early stages of the development process."

The existing Bunnings retail outlet at Englands Rd has long been considered too small to meet local demand. The new site covers 3.4 hectares.

A portion of the site had already been set aside for RTA works to realign the intersection of Cook Drive, the Pacific Highway and North Boambee Road.

As regular users will attest, the intersection is currently one of the city's worst to negotiate during peak times.

The RTA said it is liaising with Coffs Harbour City Council and the owners of the adjacent properties to determine the needs of the community, business and road users at the intersection.

"One of the options being considered is installing a single set of traffic signals," a spokesperson said.

"A confirmed plan and the start of the improvement work are scheduled for later in the financial year."

Further discussions will be held with stakeholders and the community before plans and timing are finalised.



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