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29 January 2014: Local residents of Crows Nest can look forward to a more modern, convenient shopping experience with the $40 million development of the Woolworths Supermarket and retail complex set to get under way in coming months.

The announcement follows the approval of the development by the Joint Regional Planning Panel in December last year.

The redevelopment of the existing supermarket and adjacent car park will create more than 300 jobs during the construction period. In addition to this, the new retail centre will create 120 local jobs at both Woolworths and the six new speciality shops.  The new centre will provide our local customers with convenient car parking with 294 spaces.

Woolworths Regional Development Manager, Richard Armitage, said the redevelopment of Crows Nest Woolworths is long overdue. “As any regular Crows Nest shopper will tell you, the existing Woolworths and car park has been in real need of a refurbishment,” Mr Armitage said.

“The $40 million redevelopment will transform the existing Woolworths store and car park into a thriving retail hub with modern facilities, more choices and a better shopping experience.

“The centrepiece of the redevelopment will be a brand new Woolworths store which will be the first full range supermarket offer in Crows Nest. At 3,900sqm, the store will be more than double the size of the existing supermarket.

“The new supermarket will recreate a modern food market, presenting customers with fresh Australian produce, inspiring meal ideas, a wide choice of healthy options and a huge range of grocery items at great prices,” he said.

The store will focus on fresh food and value for money across a range of more than 35,000 products including fresh produce, bakery, deli, meat and grocery departments. A sushi counter and a new pizza bar are just some of the new features that will be available for our customers in their new store.

Mr Armitage said the first stage of construction will see the closure and demolition of the car park and existing store in the first half of 2014. Customers will still be able to shop at nearby Woolworths stores including,  Lane Cove, Northbridge and Neutral Bay.

“With everything going to plan, we hope that the new public car park, supermarket and shops will open in mid to late 2015,” he said.

Mr Armitage said team members at the existing Woolworths Crows Next store will work in nearby Woolworths stores whilst the development is underway.

Mayor of North Sydney Council, Cr Jilly Gibson, said the Council was pleased to be moving forward with the development.

“Crows Nest is a thriving village centre and the new complex will complement the existing shopping options and be an anchor for the future growth of the centre,” Cr Gibson said.

“Council worked productively with Woolworths to provide this important facility for Crows Nest and we are confident that it will be well used and valued by our community.”

Local residents have been anticipating the development for some time. Lauren Moore, Co-ordinator Chair of the Main Street Committee in Crows Nest said after seven long years of planning the group is pleased to see the approval for the new development.

“This centre will be a brilliant asset to Crows Nest for generations to come and will provide access to a full range supermarket for fresh food shopping in our local area.  The development has been a long time coming but the new retail centre will certainly be worth the wait,” Ms Moore said.

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BACKGROUND

• The first negotiations for project began in 2007 with the joint venture between North Sydney Council and
Woolworths approved in May 2011.
• A development application lodged March 2013.
• The Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the project on 10 December 2013

MEDIA CALL

What:   Photo opportunity outside the existing Woolworths Crows Nest.
Who: Mayor of North Sydney Council, Cr Jilly Gibson and
Woolworths Development Manager Richard Armitage
When:   3:00pm, Thursday, 30 January 2014.
Where:   Woolworths Crows Nest, corner of Alexander Street and Falcon Street.

For further information and artist impressions please contact the Woolworths Press Office on (02) 8885 1033.

 

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