SUPERMARKET giant Aldi will add another store to the Darling Downs, with the Western Downs Regional Council approving a new location in Dalby.
Construction will start within months at the site on the intersection of Condamine and Archibald Sts after the council was satisfied today Aldi's proposal met planning scheme requirements.
The new store is expected to create dozens of jobs during and after construction and will feature a new 80-bay car park.
WDRC councillor Andrew Smith, who holds the planning and environment portfolio, said the addition of the budget supermarket chain to Dalby's retail landscape was a sign of the town's economic viability.
"It gives more options for retail in our area and that is going to flow onto our other businesses," he said.
"If people are going to visit Aldi, there's a chance they're going to visit other shops.
"It's great to have more variety and more range - it's about keeping the dollars in our region.
"These guys don't come into a region without doing their homework - the bigger the chain, the more homework they do.
"In that respect, it's got to be a vote of confidence for our region that another international chain wants to set up shop here."
Aldi's announcement, which means it will take on Coles and Woolworths in Dalby for market supremacy, is the latest in a series of big brands coming to town.
Bunnings revealed in February it would build a $12 million warehouse in Dalby on the intersection of the Warrego Hwy and Eton St.
Shoppers in towns like Chinchilla, Miles and Roma who would normally drive to Toowoomba to shop at Aldi won't have to go as far, something Cr Smith said was an added bonus.
"I think it's exciting for everyone - as a council we'd like to think we're playing a role in expediting these applications," he said.
"When it comes to economic development, council's role is to pave the way for people and businesses to make decisions.
"I think it stops the draw to elsewhere, which I think is important."
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