Kaufland’s Victorian expansion is gathering steam, with the global supermarket chain receiving approval for a further two stores and proposing at least nine more, which – if approved – could deliver hundreds of extra jobs.
Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas has announced the go-ahead for stores in Coolaroo and Oakleigh South, with the latter to also hold Kaufland’s headquarters.
This is on top of its 115,000 square metre distribution centre in Mickleham – which is currently being built – and three already approved stores in Dandenong, Epping and Chirnside Park.
Kaufland has announced plans to build at least nine additional stores across Victoria – in Braybrook, Lyndhurst, Geelong, South Morang, Bendigo, Narre Warren, Warrnambool, Coburg and Pakenham, the Andrews Labor Government has referred the proposals to an independent advisory panel for consideration.
“With five approved stores, as well as the additional nine sites under review, we are committed to our long term, sustainable growth across Victoria. We look forward to creating thousands of jobs and creating opportunities for local businesses ”said Ms Kern.
Victoria will also be home to one of Kaufland Australia’s two test stores, which both commenced construction last week.
“Our Dandenong store marks a tremendous milestone in our development here in Australia, and we are very happy to break ground for our first store in Victoria.”
Ms Kern said she was looking forward to seeing Kaufland’s positive early growth in Australia and she was eager to open stores in due course.
“Australia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and we are excited to grow with it. Our aim is to raise the bar in retail excellence and provide an uncompromising quality food shop for our customers” Julia said.
All approvals will be exhibited for public comment and be subject to public hearings which will help inform the advisory panel’s report to the Planning Minister.
Kaufland’s investment in Victoria is worth $435 million and expected to create 1,500 jobs. If the nine stores are approved, the investment will top half a billion and create up to 2,400 jobs.
One of the world’s largest retailers, Kaufland chose Victoria as the starting ground for its Australian expansion, joining the likes of Costco, Aldi, Uniqlo, H&M and MUJI.
The supermarket giant is already engaging with Victorian suppliers, so it can source local products where possible and will provide opportunities for complementary independent retailers such as cafes within shopping complexes.
Their investment will also benefit the construction industry, with the distribution centre and stores set to create hundreds of opportunities for local construction businesses, workers and apprentices.
“This is great news for consumers – another major player in the market will provide more choice for Victorians, more value for money at the checkout and create thousands of jobs,” Tim Pallas, Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas said.
“With five approved stores, as well as the additional nine sites under review, we are committed to our long term, sustainable growth across Victoria. We look forward to creating thousands of jobs and creating opportunities for local businesses,” Julia Kern, Managing Director, Kaufland Australia said.