Modern shopping at new Coles

COLES new supermarket in Harbour Drive will break new ground in Coffs Harbour development, says local businessman Rodger Pryce.

Mr Pryce is one of the principals of Canzon Pty Ltd, which is developing the $22 million project, which he said was the most significant new CBD project since the construction of Palms Shopping.

Canzon has applied to vary the development control plan to allow construction of a high-set underground car park.

Mr Pryce said the car park was designed to be undercover and largely underground but above flood level and providing as much natural light as possible for shoppers.

The single-storey building will have no ramps.

Instead the footpath and car park will be linked to the supermarket with travelators and a lift.

Mr Pryce said the Coffs Harbour Development Control plan did not cater for a retail building of this nature, so the development required variation of the DCP to vary the height of the ground floor above the footpath, raising it by 450mm.

He said the variation to the carpark would prevent the need for extensive de-watering which the engineer said could cause subsidence in the land around the development. Without the variation the underground car park would be at flood level. The building's one storey would have insufficient weight to hold down the car park creating the effect of a giant empty concrete swimming pool.

Mr Pryce said the developers had employed a company to survey free standing supermarkets and their car parks to establish the frequency of shopping and had held several meetings with Coffs Harbour City Council.

A builder has been selected for the project. “It’s a great concept – food shopping habits have changed over the years,’ he said.

“Now people shop two or three times a week and it is generally a quick shopping trip.”

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