New $4.5m supermarket planned for Westbury

A PROPOSED $4.5 million IGA supermarket development for Westbury is expected to go before the Meander Valley Council late next month.

The development, headed by existing William Street IGA owner Judy Fellows, would see a new supermarket built at 39-45 Meander Valley Road - around popular tourist stop Andy's Bakery.

Ms Fellows said yesterday the planned green site development, if approved, had the potential to be three or four times larger than her existing store.

``Our area is 530 square metres,'' she said.

``Initially we're going to go to 1580 square metres, then if we want another stage, there's nearly another 500 square metres as well.''

Ms Fellows said she was considering giving up her half-share of the Westbury Caltex service station to allow a bigger deposit on the project - which would include a cafeteria, car parking and a computer games room.

``I hope it helps the whole town. We get a lot of people in to the town from Deloraine and Mole Creek who come down here to do their shopping,'' she said.

``A lot of the locals come in and they want this or that different products that we've got;  if we can get it we always do but room's a bit of an issue where we are.''

The proposal has been in the works for the past 5 1/2 months. The application was submitted on behalf of Ms Fellows by Bullock Consulting.

Ms Fellows said there were no plans to close the existing William Street site, however, she said she did not want another supermarket.

Andy's Bakery owner Steve Oliver said there were no plans to close the bakery.

Public submissions on the project end on Thursday.

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