Construction has started at the site of the new Coles complex in Sippy Downs.
Construction has started at the site of the new Coles complex in Sippy Downs. Patrick Woods

Coles construction at Sippy Downs to take 10 months

COLES spokeswoman Amila Pasanovic has confirmed the new supermarket being built at Sippy Downs is scheduled to open early next year.

"The construction of Coles Sippy Downs will be a major milestone in the realisation of the Sunshine Coast Council's vision for the Sippy Downs town centre, and bring our total investment in the region to more than $45 million since the company commenced its renewal program on the Sunshine Coast," Ms Pasanovic said.

"The site will feature a 3,900sqm supermarket, a 150sqm bottle shop and a convenient on grade carpark. 

"The development will also include construction of additional roads servicing the new Sippy Downs Town Centre, and an upgrade of the infrastructure along Sippy Downs Drive." 

Construction has started at the site of the new Coles complex in Sippy Downs. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily
Construction has started at the site of the new Coles complex in Sippy Downs. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily Patrick Woods

Ms Pasanovic said Coles already employed about 1500 team members on the Sunshine Coast and the new Coles Sippy Downs will create up to 100 extra local jobs in store, and around 200 construction jobs. 

As part of the new store, our customers will be able to enjoy a range of bakery products from an in-store bakery, a butcher service from the open butcher counter, a large delicatessen including an olive bar, over 80 varieties of cheese from the cheese counter, and fresh produce on ice. 

Approximately 170 new car parks will be provided through the development, with the majority of carparks under shade sails.

Yesterday: 

BUILDING has finally begun on the long-anticipated Coles complex at Sippy Downs.

Located at Sippy Downs Dr and Stringybark Rd, the build will see a major section of the Sippy Downs Town Centre take shape and will provide competition to the existing Woolworths supermarket.

It's good news for students at the fast growing nearby University of the Sunshine Coast.

The single-storey supermarket will have specialty retail attached, along with commercial space, and more than 240 car-parking spaces.

An artist's impression of the Coles shopping centre development in the Sippy Downs Town Centre. Photo Contributed
An artist's impression of the Coles shopping centre development in the Sippy Downs Town Centre. Photo Contributed Contributed

When the Coles development was approved by Sunshine Coast Council in November 2014 it was predicted to create 170 full-time jobs in retail and 250 in construction.

As reported in the Daily, the Sippy Downs Town Centre will also include an approved child care centre neighbouring the GP Super Clinic, and a high street that will feature a range of restaurants and bars.

The Daily requested interviews with the university and Coles on Wednesday, March 9.

Updates to follow.


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