Business is booming


SOUTH Grafton could soon be home to another major retail outlet after a development application for a huge homemaker store was submitted to the Clarence Valley Council.

The bulky goods retail store is proposed for Through Street, near the current site of Disco Marine and a truck stop.

The store would be 12000 square metres and include 274 car park spaces.

The Clarence Valley Council development services manager Clem Rhoden said the application had a number of hurdles to pass before it would be submitted to council ? most likely in April ? for approval.

"It has to go to the RTA and regional traffic committee because it's a large amount of shopping space in an area close to the highway with some existing traffic issues," he said.

"Concerns would range, I imagine, from commercial impact on the town itself, which generally we think would turn out to be a fairly positive commercial impact, to traffic and how that's to be managed."

The application adds to the growing list of developments planned, or already underway, in South Grafton.

The new Bunnings Store will open on Monday, February 13, while another developer is awaiting a rezoning decision from the Iemma Government before submitting an application on a nearby site.

Employees at the new South Grafton Bunnings complex are working furiously in order to have it ready for Monday's opening, manager Rick Buckmaster said.

Mr Buckmaster said 92 employees were putting the finishing touches to the store before it opened to the public at 7am next week.

"We've got the final touches to do ? basically there's a thousand things all over the place to be done," he said.

"Signage is still being finished, our trade area is still being painted, there's stock and merchandise still arriving that needs to be put away and training is still going on ? it's all hands on deck. We have our doors open from Monday, but our grand opening with all the celebrations and festivities and opening specials will be the Saturday and Sunday (February 18 and 19)."

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