Work on Dubbo's $4.25 million ALDI store is more than half-complete ahead of a scheduled opening at the end of September.
Wayne Coburn from contracted builder Streetbuild Construction and Refurbishment said the project along Talbragar Street was "about 55 per cent" of the way along and only six days had been lost to bad weather to date.
Mr Coburn, Streetbuild operations and project manager in NSW and the ACT, provided the update yesterday as he and ALDI representatives hosted Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson and the Daily Liberal at the site.
He reported the concrete and structural steel - major components of the 1857-square metre food store - were supplied locally. He estimated the project had generated work for about 100 to 150 local people since construction began earlier this year.
Trades needed on site included excavator, plumber, electrician, panel contractor, roofer and more. Mr Coburn said that all but about three sub-contractors working on the project were locally-based, which had proved beneficial.
"The lovely brown soil here when wet is like chewing gum," he said. "With that knowledge gained from locals we sealed the site early, it wouldn't normally have been done by this time. "The rain the weekend before last had no impact." The operations manager said they were on track for opening at the end of September if there were no long periods of wet weather.
Sub-contractors and Cr Dickerson walked through the future front doors of the discount retailer ahead of a concrete pour in coming days. Cr Dickerson said ALDI's impending arrival in the city showed the community could make a difference - it had long demonstrated demand for the chain particularly through social media.
Article from the Dubbo Daily Liberal Newspaper, Friday the 20th June 2014.