Looks like the arrival of German supermarket giant Kaufland has ruffled a few feathers.
The mega-store chain recently announced a massive $459 million investment to build the distribution centre in Mickleham plus stores in Epping, Dandenong and Chirnside Park.
But while the move has been met with almost universal applause as a way to break up the Coles/Woolies duopoly, Whittlesea Council isn’t happy.
“Kaufland will take up a large portion of the Epping Central Structure Plan, which had been identified for mixed use including commercial and residential,” Whittlesea Council planning director Liana Thompson said.
“It also prevents a better footpath connection between the Epping rail station and Epping Central.”
Kaufman said they will sell heavily discounted local, well-known and private brands as well as set up a bakery, butchery and independent cafes.
There haven’t been any concrete dates set for construction to begin but it’s believed the distribution centre will break ground in May or June.