German supermarket chain Kaufland has been given the green light to build a store in Coolaroo.
The store, which will be built on the former Masters site on Pascoe Vale Road, is the second Kaufland supermarket planned for the northern suburbs. The company also has approval to build a store on the former Bunnings site on High Street, Epping.
A third northern suburbs store on vacant land at 525-535 McDonalds Road, South Morang is in the pipeline, with the state government referring the proposal – alongside those for eight other stores – to an independent advisory panel for consideration.
All approvals will be exhibited for public comment and be subject to public hearings which will help inform the advisory panel’s report to Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Kaufland is also in the process of building its headquarters’ distribution centre at the Merrifield Business Park in Mickleham. Construction of the $255 million project began in June.
Kaufland Australia managing director Julia Kern said the company was looking to open at least 14 stores in Victoria, creating up to 2400 jobs.
“With five approved stores, as well as the additional nine sites under review, we are committed to our long term, sustainable growth across Victoria,” she said.
“Australia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and we are excited to grow with it.”
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said Kaufland was engaging with Victorian suppliers to source local products where possible.
“Another major player in the market will provide more choice for Victorians,” he said.