Woolies tipped to buy Goonellabah

GOONELLABAH looks set to get a third supermarket with retail giant Woolworths negotiating with Lismore City Council to buy a parcel of land opposite the community’s biggest shopping centre.

The council yesterday confirmed it was negotiating with a single party to buy the commercial-zoned land next to its Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Council asset manager Scott Turner declined to say who the party was, saying that information had been part of a closed council meeting.

However, Woolworths yesterday confirmed it was negotiating with the council to buy land at Goonellabah.

The supermarket giant was also playing its cards close to its chest, but the confirmation matches rumours it is planning a new shop opposite the Coles-dominated Goonellabah Shopping Village.

“Woolworths are in negotiations with Lismore City Council and we will be in a position to update the community when those negotiations have been completed,” a Woolworths spokesman said.

Mr Turner suggested those negotiations, which began just after Christmas, were nearly done.

“The negotiations have all been very positive to date and we expect to have a decision from that party within a month,” he said.

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