Super shopping boost

By Tate Papworth

German supermarket giant Kaufland has plans to open a store in Braybrook as part of its Victorian expansion.

It comes after the state government approved applications for the company to open stores in Oakleigh South and Coolaroo.

Three other stores, in Dandenong, Chirnside Park and Epping, have already received approval.

Nine proposed sites, including Braybrook, will be reviewed by an independent panel. Kaufland could not confirm the exact location for it’s proposed Braybrook store when contacted by

Star Weekly.

Fresh fruit and vegetables will be a main selling point.

Kaufland Australia managing director Julia Kern said: “With five approved stores, as well as the additional nine sites under review, we are committed to our long term, sustainable growth across Victoria.

“We look forward to creating thousands of jobs and creating opportunities for local businesses.”

She said Kaufland would offer local produce, well-known brands and private label products at discount prices.

“Australia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and we are excited to grow with it.”

The Kaufland stores aren’t expected to open for at least another two years, with the company first needing to finish construction of a distribution centre.

Earlier this year, the company announced a $459 million investment to build its distribution centre and headquarters at Merrifield Business Park in Mickleham. Construction began in June.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said the centre would be the largest distribution centre in the country – or almost six times the size of the MCG.

“This is a huge notch on Victoria’s belt,” he said. “Kaufland’s investment will boost our economy, create jobs and provide opportunities for local businesses.”