Former dead-end street on verge of becoming employment hub

MORE than 250 jobs are about to be created on a former dead-end street in the heart of Maroochydore.

And it's just the beginning.

With 50% of vacant land along Dalton Dr already sold and the remainder under "heavy negotiation", many jobs will be created in the next few years.

Aged care provider Arcare is nearing completion of a 90-bed home on the street and advertising for about 100 positions on offer has begun.

Sunshine Coast Council has also given retail giant Bunnings development approval for a 1.4ha site on Dalton Dr.

It will be Bunnings' largest store on the Sunshine Coast.

CBRE selling agent Brendan Robins said another major owner-occupier had bought land in the Dalton Dr area.

He was tight-lipped about who it was until the sale was finalised.

Bunnings chief operating officer Peter Davis said the new store was expected to create 150 jobs.

He said it represented an investment of more than $48 million.

"The new Bunnings Warehouse Maroochydore will replace the existing Maroochydore warehouse, with all current team members transferring over to the new store," Mr Davis said.

"It will join existing stores at Caloundra and Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast and is expected to open in late 2015."

Bunnings has begun tendering for a building contractor.

An Arcare spokesman said it was expected the aged care home would open in July.

Mr Robins said Arcare would be the only residential component along the new stretch of development. The rest would be commercial properties.

Dalton Dr was transformed from a dead-end road to a crucial link road when a 15-metre gap was completed in July, 2012.

Maroochy Weekly  Maroochy Weekly

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