Spudshed's SW megacentre

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Spudshed's South West  megacentre
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Spudshed will add to its burgeoning empire with owner Tony Galati revealing the independent supermarket chain has finally received approval for its first shop in the South West.

Spudshed plans to open a 4000sqm distribution and retail store on Paris Rd, Australind, after the Harvey Shire Council approved the development on Tuesday night after a year- long assessment.

The Australind megacentre - which is subject to approval from the WA Planning Commission - would take about nine months to build and create 100 to 120 casual and full-time jobs.

It is believed Spudshed's shift into the South West will spark a supermarket price war in the region, as it has in the metropolitan area.

The move adds to Spudshed's six stores, with a new supermarket at Coventry Markets in Morley due to open in October.

The Morley store will create 80 to 100 casual and full-time jobs.

Mr Galati also hoped to open two more supermarkets in the metropolitan area within a few years.

"A new store in Midland is on the cards, in late 2017 or early 2018, and we might have one in O'Connor this year," he said.

Mr Galati said the Australind store was likely to become the group's flagship supermarket and one of the biggest stores in the region.

He said his family felt a special affinity with the region, which was close to its Myalup farms.

"We've come from there, and we've seen how hard it is to put food on the table," Mr Galati said.

The distribution arm of the Australind facility will operate around the clock.

It is uncertain whether the retail store would also open 24/7 like its Innaloo counterpart and the nearby Kmart department store in neighbouring Eaton.

The Spudshed empire started with a bean crop in 1965, and has since disrupted the grocery sector by cutting out the middle man to sell at close to farmgate prices.

It employs more than 1000 people.

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