01/09/2014 - 15:31

Aldi jumps in on $50m Innaloo cinema revamp

01/09/2014 - 15:31

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An artist's impression of the office component of the proposal.

Revised plans for a $50 million revamp of Innaloo Cinema Centre include an Aldi discount supermarket and restaurant, small bar and other hospitality tenancies in the place of a bowling alley previously proposed for the site.

The owner of the site, Challenger Listed Investments, had previously won approval to construct a six-storey, 7,550 square metre office building, an IGA supermarket, a bowling alley and speciality retail tenancies including restaurants and cafes.

The office building plan also features a main-street style ground floor, with development approval granted last August following a review by the State Administrative Tribunal.

Those plans have been modified to include a 1,580sqm Aldi supermarket in place of the IGA, as well as more hospitality tenancies instead of the bowling alley.

Challenger Listed Investments said it believed the revised plan would better activate the northern facade of the development, with a bowling alley likely to have used blackened or tinted glazed materials across the majority of the street-facing building.

An artist's impression of the retail 'main street' proposal.

The revamped proposal was prepared for Challenger by MGA Town Planners.

No changes have been made to the office building, basement parking or ground floor retail component of the previous approval.

The Metropolitan North West Development Assessment Panel will conditionally approve the changes when it meets later this week.

Conditions include modifying road intersections to improve the efficiency of motorists entering and leaving the site.

“The (City of Stirling) retains reservations regarding the impact of the proposed development on the efficiency of the local road network,” the DAP said in its meeting agenda.

“However, the proposed amendments to the approved development application are supported, subject to additional conditions addressing the traffic movement concerns.”

The inclusion of Aldi in the revised proposal marks the fifth Aldi outlet in the planning pipeline, with stores set to go ahead in Kwinana, Southern River, Cannington and Mundaring.

The Germany-based supermarket chain is planning to roll out 70 stores over the next five years in Western Australia, part of a $450 million expansion.

Aldi operated more than 320 stores across New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland.

In WA, Aldi is keen to set up a network of supermarkets across the metropolitan area, as well as in regional areas from Albany to Geraldton.

The stores will be serviced by a 48,851sqm distribution centre at Jandakot Airport. 

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