Retailing giant goes shopping in Maclean


THE Clarence Valley Council has been approached by a developer looking to establish another supermarket in Maclean.

Council environment and planning director Rob Donges said the council had been sounded out by a consultant on behalf of the developer, who was investigating the possibility of building another supermarket in River Street.

Mr Donges said before a supermarket could be built on the site, believed to be land currently occupied by Moran's Auto Spares and surrounding houses, it would have to be rezoned to commercial land.

But Mr Donges stressed no plans were in place yet and more information was needed before council would even consider the rezoning request.

"All we can say at this stage is that we've been approached by a developer who is looking at that (supermarket development)," he said.

"Council has requested if they want to proceed any further they will have to provide us with a substantial amount of information, like any rezoning application."

Mr Donges said the supermarket, believed to be Woolworths, would have to clear many hurdles before it gained approval.

"We would need to do an economic impact on the existing commercial operations in Maclean CBD," he said.

"We really need to find out if there is likely to be any negative economic impacts on existing businesses in the CBD."

However, the development might not even pass the first hurdle.

Moran's Auto Spares owner Craig Moran said it was unlikely he would sell his land to the developer.

"We have a contract and we have the right to buy the premises and we intend on doing that," he said.

"We are not going anywhere because this is our business we have built up and we have 12 staff members that we have to look after."

Spar Maclean owner Bob Little said if the store was built at the River Street location, it would lead to problems for all businesses in town.

"Effectively it will divide the central business district and that is my major concern," he said.

"I don't want to see another supermarket to come into town, especially with the plans I've got, because if my plans go ahead the town is not big enough for two large supermarkets.

"But the second part of that is how it divides the central business district, and it will be very devastating for a lot of the businesses in this town."

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