Myer tag ruled out
DESPITE a flurry of rumours, retail giant Myer has ruled out opening a store in Lismore in the foreseeable future.
Myer spokesman Damian Glass confirmed the retailer was in town last November looking at possible sites, but stressed it was one of about 70 sites inspected last year.
“There were no meaningful discussions with council, it wasn’t taken any further and there are no plans, drawings, nothing,” he said.
Mayor Jenny Dowell confirmed there had been no discussions with the department store.
“The rumour mill is working overtime,” she said. “There has been no approach although I would love Myer to come to Lismore and would welcome any approach.”
Myer, which was recently relisted on the Stock Exchange after the department store was sold by the Coles Group to a private equity firm, recently announced a major nationwide expansion.
In September it opened three news stores – Tuggerah, the Gold Coast and Woden in the ACT – as part of its plan to expand its chain to 80 stores from 65 over the next five years.
It is understood the Myer group looked at a site near Oakes Oval in November – its second visit to the area in the last four years.
This week’s rumour was sparked after Ms Dowell had a conversation about Myer’s visit with councillors Neil Marks, John Chant and Peter Graham after a council workshop meeting on Tuesday night.
One of the more bazaar rumours had Myer interested in buying the hockey field at Humble Oval and offering to build an astro-turf field on top of the department store.