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Aldi eyes Broken Hill

Saturday, 2nd May, 2020

An aerial view of the supermarket plans on Galena Street, near Wills Street. An aerial view of the supermarket plans on Galena Street, near Wills Street.

By Emily McInerney

Discount supermarket chain Aldi is planning to build a new store in the city.

The site for the new building has been marked on Galena Street, next to the Westside Plaza. 

The development application was lodged recently with the Broken Hill City Council and includes a plan for the 1,776 square metre building at 6.4metres high, signage and a 91-space car park. 

It is expected that it will create about 26 full-time positions with the potential to generate up to 42 full time jobs.

Designs show it will be 20 metres back from Galena Street and 2.1 metres back from Wills Street.

A setback of 2.05 metres is proposed from the western boundary, which separates the subject site from the closest adjoining residential property.

It is estimated to cost $6,683,000 and the application states that Aldi is planning to sell alcohol at the store, pending approval of a liquor licence. 

The store would open from 7am until 9pm, seven days a week, with deliveries taking place twice a day on a 24-hour basis. 

According to the Development Application, Ekistics Planning and Design are providing the planning services for the store.

“It’s difficult to say too much at this stage as the development application period is yet to play out and the matter will have to go before Council, but on face value I think it’s a very positive sign for Broken Hill,” City Council’s General Manager James Roncon said.

“It shows one of the world’s biggest retailers has great confidence in Broken Hill’s future and is willing to invest heavily in the city.

“The job creation and stimulation of the economy throughout the construction and operational phases could have significant benefits for our community, particularly as we try and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, so like everyone else I’ll watch how this situation develops with great interest.”

The proposal is available on the Broken Hill City Council’s Development Application Tracker website.

It’s open for public feedback until June 1.

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