Surge in supermarket space

Tango Investments plans to build a supermarket at the corner of Lukin and Connolly drives.
Tango Investments plans to build a supermarket at the corner of Lukin and Connolly drives.

It could mean there will be four supermarkets in the suburb, with a Coles store already open at the western end of Kingsbridge Boulevard and an IGA under construction at the eastern end.

Woolworths intends to open its supermarket in the Brighton Estate district centre by 2014, while Gerry Tangney, from Lukin Centre owner Tango Investments, said he was negotiating which chain would lease his site.

The property already has a fast food outlet.

The application to rezone it from business to commercial, doubling the retail floor space to 3000sq m, was approved by the City on May 28.

‘It is proposed to accommodate a supermarket and a liquor store in addition to the existing McDonald’s restaurant and other approved land uses,’ a report to the council said.

The 1.59ha block will also include a medical centre, pharmacy, gym, childcare centre and two more dining outlets.

In April, 2012, the council had approved business development at the site, but excluded a fast food outlet and liquor store from the approved uses after residents complained about their proximity to three schools. McDonald’s appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal and the council revised its decision the following month, allowing the drive-through fast food outlet.

The council received four submissions during the public comment period in February and March this year.