Work starts on Kyogle supermarket

CONSTRUCTION on the new Ritchies IGA supermarket in Kyogle began yesterday, with the closure of a part of Roxy Lane.

The construction is expected to carry on until the end of the year.

One hundred metres of Roxy Lane, north of Geneva Street to Anzac Drive in the Kyogle CBD, was closed off as builders started knocking down fences around what will be a new car park.

Residents with entrances on Roxy Lane can use the adjacent Geneva Street, and an alternative route is through Ettrick Street, Anzac Drive or Geneva Street.

Nigel Mercer, of AusDevlopment, the company developing the supermarket, said the street closure and construction should cause minimal disruption.

“We have to actually reconstruct a part of Roxy Lane from the units all the way down to make it wider and more user-friendly,” he said.

“There will be no inconvenience and everyone knows about it. The residents are certainly not going to be locked in. Actual construction on the supermarket will start soon, but we knocked down the fence around the car park today.”

Hutchinson Builders, from Tweed Heads, was recently named as the winning tenderer to build the supermarket, which is predicted to be finished by the end of the year.

The supermarket attracted controversy in Kyogle when it replaced a row of Art Deco shops that were argued to have heritage value that was overlooked by the council.

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