BIG BUSINESS: The site of the rumoured Homebase in Iolanthe Street, South Grafton, opposite the new Bunnings.
BIG BUSINESS: The site of the rumoured Homebase in Iolanthe Street, South Grafton, opposite the new Bunnings.

South Grafton appeals as the base for new Valley business

By EMMA CORNFORD

A HOMEBASE centre is rumoured to be the next big development at South Grafton.

Although a development application has not been lodged with the Clarence Valley Council, it is thought that land close to the new Bunnings super centre could be transformed into a Homebase.

Business owners in the area, including Paul Winmill from Winmill Caravans, said they had heard about the possibility.

"We won't have to move or anything like that but they've bought all the land down the back of us," Mr Winmill said.

"It will be fine for us ? the more the merrier.

"It's all going ahead down here."

Another owner said he had been told the Disco Marina may have to move if the development goes ahead.

If a Homebase centre is built at the site, it will be one of many developments to grace the Clarence Valley in recent months.

WHK Rutherfords management consultant Graham Correy, whose company recently conducted a survey on the health of the region's businesses, said he would not be surprised if a Homebase did open.

"In the retail sector, the Clarence Valley actually performed the worst in terms of performance and perceptions of the future ... but they were still more positive than their counterparts in Sydney, so it would not really surprise me," he said.



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