New market to boost business
A CONTROVERSIAL new supermarket in Maclean will keep business in the town, according to Maclean Chamber of Commerce president John Riggall.
"We are finally seeing some action for the second supermarket," Mr Riggall said yesterday.
"Council have commenced stage one of the car parking at the rear of the library.
"Richies IGA have applied for a liquor licence, and due to the delay in rezoning, construction will now start after the holiday season in January 2014."
Mr Riggall acknowledged the project had caused great controversy but was keen to see work begin on the building.
"The sooner it's open, the better," he said.
Mr Riggall said the supermarket would mean residents from Maclean and surrounds could shop in the town without the need to travel elsewhere to larger supermarkets.
"This major supermarket will certainly stop a lot of leakage going to Grafton and to Yamba," he said.
"It is important to have competition in Maclean from one of our major supermarkets."
He said keeping shoppers in Maclean would have a positive effect on small businesses in the town.
"It will be a great support for a lot of the small businesses in town," he said.
"Four new businesses have opened up in the past 12 months and the supermarket plan was a big player in that.
"Things are slowly but surely happening."