WOOLWORTH'S proposed new Launceston supermarket will create 100 construction jobs over 12 months, a company spokesman said yesterday.
Woolworths' corporate affairs manager Luke Schepen said the construction jobs for the $10 million development would precede more than 125 new retail service jobs at the supermarket.
The 3800-square-metre supermarket is proposed to be built next year on an inner city block in Wellington Street bordered by York and Elizabeth streets.
It will be larger than the company's Kings Meadows store (3000 square metres) but smaller than the Prospect Vale supermarket (4100 square metres).
The development will consist of two levels with the supermarket on top of a 160-lot undercover car park.
The project relies on Tasmanian Planning Commission amendments to the city's interim planning scheme and development application approval by the Launceston City Council to start construction next year.
Woolworths' plans to open in the city centre follows its store opening in Hobart's city centre a few years ago.
Mr Schepen said the company was still interested in opening its long awaited Big W store next to its Kings Meadows supermarket.
``We're continuing to work with council and relevant parties as to whether we can bring the plans to fruition,'' Mr Schepen said.
Launceston Chamber of Commerce executive officer Maree Tetlow said the prospect of a new supermarket was exciting as it supported moves to make Launceston more equipped for inner city living.
Part of that rests on closer proximity for inner city residents to everyday facilities.
``Inner city living is part of the evolution of any major city centre, and most capital cities have been through this development,'' Ms Tetlow said.
``In these cities, there has been a focus on increasing population as well as business so there are people staying in the city after 5pm.
``Once that happens, more shops and more restaurants are happy to stay open longer and other social activities slowly increase, reducing opportunities for antisocial behaviour.''