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City gains long-awaited supermarket

WOOLWORTHS’ plan for a $15 million supermarket, retail and recreation facility on Murray Street Mall has received Perth City Council blessing.

At its July 25 meeting, councillors voted to approve the plan that will bring a much needed supermarket to city residents.

The CBD has been without a supermarket for more than 10 years. The lack forces residents in the city and the East Perth Redevelopment Authority area to do their grocery shopping in surrounding suburbs.

Besides the 2,152 square metre supermarket, which is a boon for council’s plans to boost inner city living, the development will include specialty shops, two mid-sized retail tenancies and a health club.

Council manager of compliance services Peter Monks said construction on the new supermarket was expected to begin very soon.

“The leasing arrangements are nearly all signed up,” Mr Monks said.

The site is to the rear of Forrest Chase and has been vacant for many years. It was once home to a Woolworths supermarket.

Various plans for the site, including a supermarket with an Imax theatre complex, have been put to council since 1991.

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