Work has started on the Costco site in Bundamba.Rob Williams
THIS time next year Ipswich families could be dressing their Christmas tables at Costco.
Work has started to prepare the site for the new store at Bundamba but the first customers won’t be able to fill their oversize trollies until late 2018.
It is expected Ipswich families will be able to shop at the new Costco store by next Christmas which means there might be some foreign festive surprises on tables.
The good folks at Costco are responsible for importing fun and quirky stock into the country to dress festive tables like they do in America.
A six-foot high Santa or nutracker, 160 tins of cookies, bulk gingerbread and a five-pack of whole turkeys are available to buy overseas.
Costco Managing Director Patrick Noone said the warehouse would stock all the latest products from the US, including seasonal items such as Halloween and Christmas decorations.
Costco’s North Lakes store opened in 2014, bringing more competition to market and driving down prices, most notably in the fuel sector.
This is commonly referred to as “the Costco effect” which has been clearly displayed at the North Lakes store.
“We will have the lowest prices and it’s up to others to compete with that,” Mr Noone said.
Costco will offer two types of membership: Business, worth $55 and Gold Star, worth $60.
Business members qualify by owning or operating a business while Gold Star membership is available to individuals.
The store will be open seven days a week.
The massive site, opposite the Puma travel centre, will cover 13,750 sq m – the equivalent of two football fields – and create 280 permanent jobs.
The on-site petrol station will include 24 bowers with 825 car parking spaces for the main warehouse.
Construction will take about eight months and create another 80 jobs.
What’s in the Costco Christmas aisle
- Popcorn and fruit themed gift baskets
- Seven-and-a-half, nine, and 12-foot high Christmas trees
- Toys and puzzles
- Fresh-cut holly wreaths
- Nativity scenes
- Light-up teddy bears
- D’Artagnans Duck Magret Breast and Duck Leg Confit
Grocery and food giants descending on Ipswich
IPSWICH consumers in the mood to buy and to eat are in luck.
New shopping centres and stores are popping up all over the city while international brands take their pick of sites in what is shaping up to be a battle of the retail giants.
A Coles supermarket and 12 speciality shops will be added to Woolworths in Karalee Shopping Centre in the new year.
When complete, the new-look centre will double the size of the suburban hotspot.
On the other side of town, American burger chain Carl’s Jr Burger are setting up their grills on Brisbane St at West Ipswich while on the next block, a private developer is building a seafood takeaway shop.
West Ipswich isn’t the only Carl’s Jr Burger coming to town with another being set up beside Krispy Kreme Donuts at Redbank Plains in the coming months.
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Land for sale at new Gold Coast beachfront estate
A new beachfront estate is offering almost 60 vacant blocks at the Gold Coast’s Paradise Point.
ROADS and residential lots are starting to take shape at Paradise Point’s new Sovereign Shores estate.
Metacap Developments is behind the 58 block estate, which overlooks Sovereign Islands.
Ray White Sovereign Islands principal Ali Mian, who is marketing the estate, said 14 of the 35 vacant lots in stage 1 had already sold.
“Once stage 1 is sold out, then stage 2 will take place,” Mr Mian said.
“Stage 2 will be another 23 lots.”
He said the estate was expected to be finished by the end of July, subject to weather conditions.
“It’s a very exciting time (because) this land has been sitting there for such a long time.”
The lots range in size from 425sq m to 728sq m with prices starting from $589,000 up to more than $1 million.
Mr Mian said it was attracting local and interstate buyers, including those from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
He said buyers could build up to three dwellings per lot and as high as three levels plus a rooftop entertainment area.
“This estate is beautiful,” Mr Mian said.
“You are right next to the beach.”
Residents will be able to access the established resort-style facilities of Salacia Waters, including the residents’ club with library and meeting room, 12-seat cinema room, gym, sauna, two pools and a spa, three barbecue areas and a function room with entertainment deck. Mr Mian said 22 marina berths were also up for grabs.
QLD Wins $5bn Defence Contract, Builds HQ
Following a three-year tender process, German contractor Rheinmetall will build 211 Boxer CRVs in Redbank, Ipswich, with a future $15 billion deal also on the table.
The federal government estimates that the contract will create 330 jobs in Queensland, 170 in Victoria and 140 roles in New South Wales.
“Australian businesses will be big winners in Victoria and in Queensland, but also in other states,” Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said.
Rheinmetall has submitted a development application to build its headquarters serving the Asia-Pacific market in Ipswich.
The headquarters, dubbed the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence, will be Rheinmetall’s largest facility located outside of Germany.
The development application for the project includes a weapons-testing firing range, an electromagnetic test facility, a laser rangefinder facility and a vehicle compliance test track.
“Rheinmetall considered a number of options across South East Queensland for this world-class facility, and settled on the dedicated industrial zone within the Redbank Motorway Estate,” Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said.
“This choice of location will make use of the existing heavy vehicle manufacturing and employment hub, as well as the highly-skilled workforce within the area.”
The centre will be made up of several key buildings, including an administration building, a production warehouse and a corporate function centre.
Minister Dick said that construction of the centre will support 200 direct jobs over three years and open the way for local businesses to “participate in Rheinmetall’s global supply chains”.
“The project will provide an unrivalled catalyst for the further development of Queensland’s advanced manufacturing and defence industry capability, as well as significant opportunities for local SMEs and associated services,” Dick said.
The proposed centre will be a campus of high-quality industrial production, testing facilities and administration buildings located along the Brisbane River at Robert Smith Street in Redbank.
The site will have defence-industry standard security fencing.
Minister Dick said his department, which will assist with the construction of the facility, will now work with Ipswich City Council to progress the development application for the project.
Originally Published: theurbandeveloper.com
REVEALED: New development for old Masters site
The old Masters Springfield site could become a Homemaker centre.
MASTERS Springfield Central looks likely to be the next defunct site to be transformed into a Homemaker centre.
Home Consortium submitted a development application to Ipswich City Council on Monday showing plans for ten tenancies and a small cafe at the site.
Home Consortium will eventually transform 40 of the former hardware centres into hypermarkets featuring lifestyle, health and appliance brands.
The first Queensland centre opened at North Lakes in November with Toys R Us, Nick Scali Furniture and Chemist Warehouse as key tenants.
The Home Consortium application for Springfield Central said its interest in the area stemmed from strong population growth.
“This is expected to create additional demand in the trade area for homemaker type retail offers, which in turn is expected to create over 100 new jobs,” the DA read.
“The site is in a highly accessible location and the specialty tenants envisaged are not expected to affect the local activity centre hierarchy, being a complementary offer to that within the balance of the Springfield Town Centre.
“The proposed development represents an enhanced retail offer for residents, repurposing a vacant site that if not fully occupied or underutilised could detract from success story.”
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