Boost to Kepnock with an Aldi
PLANS for a Kepnock Aldi store were passed this week at the Bundaberg Regional Council meeting.
The Giovanni Santalucia project on FE Walker Street and Kepnock Road received support from council.
“I believe this application is going to fill a void in our commercial strategy,” Cr Ross Sommerfeld said.
The council report stated the project could potentially generate total annual sales of $12.8 million in the rapidly-growing area.
The council saw a number of positives about the project, including fulfilling the community’s need for a broad range of services delivered efficiently.
It also addressed that while the subject site had a building footprint in a residential zone, it had demonstrated it could alleviate any impacts relating to activity in the zone through conditions of approval.
The Economic Impact Assessment Report submitted with the application concluded the eastern part of the city around Kepnock was relatively under-serviced with retailing of all types, and therefore the need for convenience retail facilities of the type offered by Aldi was seen as significant.
The proposed development site is currently vacant and has been for many years.
Councillor Danny Rowleson voiced concerns about the plan’s preparations to deal with traffic to and from the newly-completed ring road, to the east of the site.