Retail war in store for CBD

IPSWICH shoppers will have a supermarket for the 21st century when the rebuilt Coles store opens for business next year.

The megastore will put its competitors Woolworths and smaller retail chains on notice as Coles makes a move to offer Ipswich consumers the complete shopping experience.

A Coles spokesperson confirmed yesterday the new store planned to replace the now demolished Limestone St site in Ipswich's CBD, would include homeware, electrical goods, outdoor merchandise and clothing.

The additional features will be on top of the full line supermarket in what will be the largest Coles store in Australia.

The spokesperson said it was too early to confirm what brands would be stocked in the 6000sq m store, but further details would be released as the store opening came closer.

Coles recently released budget clothing and accessories line Mix, which hit a limited number of stores across the country in August.

The model follows the likes of American giants Walmart and British chain Asda, which offer consumers groceries, electrical goods and home appliances.

The Limestone St site was levelled in October after flood water caused significant damage.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the $25 million project has put Ipswich at the centre of Australia's retail industry future.

"It's fantastic.

"It's risen from the flood waters like a phoenix. It's good for Ipswich and the CBD, everything we are going to do is going to be great. I'm working very closely with them," he said.

Cr Pisasale said Coles' decision to give Ipswich the state's first mega store proved the city has a bright future.

"It's leading edge stuff and Ipswich is at the forefront for Australia. One of the reasons they invested in the city is because of where we are going in the future.

"It will be great for Ipswich to have a retail hub and attract people from Brisbane."

He assured residents that while the city is looking to evolve it will not lose it heritage.

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