THE owner of four Coolum bottle shops is devastated the Sunshine Coast Council has approved a huge Dan Murphy's outlet in the CBD, in open contravention of the town plan.
Bill Doyle, who owns Castro's Restaurant and four Salty Dog Cellars outlets, said the decision had prompted him to issue this advice to anyone considering business on the Coast: "Run, because there's no town plan to protect you from predators."
The council voted nine to four in favour of the $20 million tavern and bottle shop complex - being developed by ALH Group, which is part-owned by grocery giant Woolworths - at the site of the existing Coolum Hotel.
The biggest issue in yesterday's debate was about the size of the bottle shop which, at 1250sq m, is 250sq m larger than what is allowed under the Maroochy Plan 2000, which is still in force in the area.
While Mr Doyle had no issue with a revamped tavern and bottle shop at the site, he said the size gave Woolworths an unfair advantage.
His own four outlets have a total of just under 400sq m of floor space.
"The tavern looks nice - I've got no issue with that," Mr Doyle said.
"The liquor barn I've got no issue with, but it's just the sheer size of it.
"I can't understand how council can justify the project in its current form when it actually admits that it is in contravention of the town plan."
Mr Doyle was shocked that a council report into the matter noted "one or two of those bottle shops may possibly need to close (or relocate)".
"The council's telling me I may need to close two of my shops down," he said.
"I find that amazing."
Mr Doyle said the new Dan Murphy's outlet would probably affect business at the Yandina Hotel, Peregian Beach Hotel, Northshore Tavern, Surfair Tavern and Trader Dukes in Maroochydore.
Coolum councillor Stephen Robinson said the tavern complex "would bring a world-class attraction".
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