IT DIDN'T take long for the rumours to begin circulating throughout the close-knit network of Clarence Valley creatives: Spotlight is coming to Grafton.
Delivering 30 new jobs, Spotlight's Grafton store will open on October 22 and will take over the site of the former Sam's Warehouse on Fitzroy St.
Spotlight Communications Manager Eva Daly said the location was ideal.
"We are always looking at new locations for our stores, and when the opportunity presented itself in Grafton for us to open a new store, we knew it would be perfect," Ms Daly said.
The news was celebrated by Carly Mill, coordinator of Grafton's Valley Made Markets.
"I think it's awesome," Mrs Mill said.
"Being a creative person, I've always loved Spotlight.
"All the stall holders are ecstatic about it too and they're happy they won't have to travel to Coffs or Ballina anymore."
Naomi Rayward, of South Grafton, is equally excited about the possibilities.
Mrs Rayward makes clothes and soft furnishings for her home-based micro business, Some Kind of Wonderful.
"I've been sewing and making things since I was little, taught by my mum and grandmother," Mrs Rayward said.
"This is great news. They have such a massive range.
"It's one less reason to go to Coffs, but it's probably a nightmare for husbands."
Spotlight Grafton will cover an area of 1800 square metres and retail a wide range of sew, craft and party items, home décor and home furnishings.
It will replace Sam's Warehouse following the closure of the discount store chain earlier this month.
Twenty jobs were lost in Grafton after the parent company, DSG Holdings Australia Pty Ltd, announced it would go into receivership in July.
Did you know?
Spotlight is an Australian-owned family business which employs more than 6700 people across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Spotlight's founders learned about fabrics by working at their family stall at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market in the early 1970s.
In 1973 the family opened their first Spotlight store in Malvern, growing from strength to strength ever since.
Recruitment is under way for a store manager and team leader in Grafton. Applications close on September 1.