Spudshed a possibility to take over former Masters site in Joondalup

Spud Shed owner Tony Galati.
Spud Shed owner Tony Galati.

SPUD king Tony Galati has his eye on Joondalup.

This month’s Joondalup Council agenda included a proposal for a Spudshed to move into the former Masters building at 11 Injune Way.

The store would operate 24-7 and include the retail sale and wholesale of fresh produce.

The proposal for the ‘fresh produce market’ was considered an unlisted use under the City’s Local Planning Scheme and therefore was required to come before the council.

This is because it does not fit in with the uses of ‘shop’ or ‘bulky goods showroom’.

However, at Tuesday night’s meeting chief executive Garry Hunt said the item had been withdrawn from the agenda and would be submitted to the council at another date.

At last week’s council briefing, Lavan partner Paul McQueen said the introduction of Spudshed would “re-activate the significant part of the site left dormant following the departure of Masters” and it would encourage visitors to the area and generate employment.

GW Legal associate Sindy Goodhew said the site and building suited the style of Spudshed “as it stands”, so not many changes would be required.

When asked if it would be similar to the Spudshed in Wangara, Ms Goodhew said the proposed Joondalup store could be likened to the recently-opened Midland one with more bulk displays.

She said it would be a “much larger operation” than Wangara and deal with a lot more wholesale.

She said the wholesale component would be utilised by restaurants, cafes and aged care facilities, which would “work well” with the proposed 24/7 operation.