An artist’s impression of the proposed new-look supermarket for Yamba Shopping Fair.
An artist’s impression of the proposed new-look supermarket for Yamba Shopping Fair.

Super-sized Coles in the works

IF all goes to plan, the Bi-Lo supermarket in Yamba could soon be converted into a super-sized Coles supermarket.

The owner of Yamba Fair Shopping Centre, Clarence Property Trust, has a development application (DA) before Clarence Valley Council seeking approval to increase the size of the supermarket and make alterations to the shopping centre.

If approved, the size of the supermarket would grow by 1028 square metres, making it 3428 square metres in total.

Most of the extra space would be taken from within the existing building that is Yamba Shopping Fair, including the shops to the north and east of the centre.

However, the DA does state that an extra 65 square metres would also need to be added onto the shopping centre to accommodate the changes.

If approved, Wesfarmers Group plans to use the larger floor space to replace Bi-Lo with a Coles Supermarket.

The exterior of the building would be re-branded with Coles signage and an industrial-look makeover.

The proposed plans, as pictured, would see the brick exterior of the supermarket replaced with painted concrete tilt panels, powder coated aluminium louvre screens and Colorbond roofing.

As well as a larger supermarket, the DA also includes plans to create a new entrance to the mall, relocating the trolley and cleaning storerooms, upgrading the existing loading dock, increasing car parking spaces to 287 and creating a designated set down area for public transport.

The DA came off public display on Friday. Council staff will now consider the application, along with any public submissions received.



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