Retail boom becomes real as stores ramp up efforts

FLATTENED: The old Beaurepaires store and multiple houses have been torn down as Aldi begins to plan their Dalby move.
FLATTENED: The old Beaurepaires store and multiple houses have been torn down as Aldi begins to plan their Dalby move. Sam Flanagan

DALBY'S retail strength is set to get a strong injection as a few giants of the industry edge closer to opening their doors.

Bunnings Warehouse is set to open in mid-October while the site for the proposed Aldi store has been demolished, with construction work set to begin in the near future.

News has also broken that Jeanswest will also set up shop in the town.

Dalby Shoppingworld Manager Jon Russell said the addition of these shopping superpowers were a positive for the area.

"From a town point of view, we've got major retailers who have confidence in the Western Downs, and I think that shows the strength of our regional economy here,” Mr Russell said. "Jeanswest is opening here late September, and it's exciting; it's a young, premium brand with fashion that suits young to old.

"The last three months of retail here have been very optimistic, numerous stores have reported to me they've had an increased trade from last year.”

Bunnings has stated that their Dalby store is a $12 million investment, with a projected 50 jobs to be created. While the Aldi store is tipped to generate 20 jobs.

An Aldi spokesman said the supermarket giant is looking forward to trading in Dalby, noting the shop will be unveiled in less than a year. "As we grow, we continue to look for new opportunities to bring the Aldi difference to more Australians,” the spokesperson said. "Dalby is the commercial hub for the Western Downs Regional Council and we have identified a strong demand in the area for a fresh take on grocery shopping.

"Aldi is excited about the opportunities for the location, including jobs for local residents.”

"While we haven't confirmed an opening date at this stage, we expect Aldi Dalby will open in mid-2018.

"We look forward to updating the community as our plans progress.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh said Dalby's retail boom will benefit the whole community, as people from around the Western Downs choose to shop in Dalby instead of travelling to Toowoomba.

"Having major retailers come to our region shows a real vote of confidence in the retail sector in Dalby,” Mr McVeigh said.

"People are not only staying in town to do their shopping, but we will also capture clientele from out of town, and those who would normally just have passed through.

"And that will have flow-on effects to our smaller local businesses as well.”

Topics:  aldi bunnings dalby jeanswest paul mcveigh western downs western downs regional council

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