Plans to open Spudshed in Bellevue faces opposition

Spudshed owner Tony Galati.
Spudshed owner Tony Galati.

RESIDENTS in the east could be in line for cheaper groceries around the clock with plans by Spudshed to open a 24/7 store in Bellevue at the old Military Market site on Clayton Street.

The proposal is being recommended for approval by the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel when it next meets on Wednesday .

The old market site has remained unused for more than a decade after the markets closed in 2007 following significant damage from a fire.

The Spudshed proposal was advertised for public comment earlier this year and received two non-objections and four objections.

Objections were received from Vicinity Centres (which operates Midland Gate) and TPG Place Match on behalf of Coles Group Property Developments for their sites in Midland Gate, Darling Ridge Shopping Centre and Bassendean Shopping Centre, which said the proposal would have a detrimental impact on neighbouring stores and shopping centres.

However a Retail Sustainability Assessment by the proponent predicted in 2019 there would be a 1.9 per cent drop in turnover at Midland Gate, a 2.3 per cent drop at Darling Ridge Shopping Centre and a 0.8 per cent drop at Bassendean Shopping Centre.

City of Swan staff said claims the Spudshed would adversely impact the Midland Activity Centre were unsubstantiated.