The 2015 plans for the new Ritchies IGA supermarket submitted to council. Building will start in mid July
The 2015 plans for the new Ritchies IGA supermarket submitted to council. Building will start in mid July Agenda

EXCLUSIVE: Maclean IGA build to start soon

AFTER six years of planning, Maclean's new supermarket has a start date.

Ritchie's IGA Queensland manager Peter Lee confirmed that the supermarket would turn the first sod on the Cameron Park carpark site in mid-July.

"Everything is in order and we're moving forward and appointed a construction company," he said.

"It's been a long time coming."

Mr Lee said that the project, which has been through several design changes over its lifetime, has been delayed in dealing with finalising the small detail of the build.

"There has been a lot of discussion about the smaller detail," Mr Lee said.

"When you invest this sort of money and commit to this type of construction it's better to have the details sorted and not have exposures for ourself, for the council and other interested parties along the way."

Mr Lee said that if all went to plan, they were hoping for an April 2019 opening date for the supermarket.

"We're very excited about it, and to reinforce that, we bought the drive-in bottle shop more than a year ago and it's been a tremendous success," he said.

"We've enjoyed a lot of growth in that part of the business and it gives us a lot of confidence that we'll be able to bring a great supermarket to the town.

"We look forward to it and hope the people of Maclean and surroundings are also."

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the addition of the new centre to the area.

Read in this subscriber exclusive what they say is the next piece in the puzzle for the growth of Maclean as a town.