An $18.5 million convenience retail centre Wodonga, Victoria has been approved featuring a 7-Eleven and three Quick Service Restaurants (QSR).

Spectrum Retail, a retail development and investment group received DA approval for the build, located on a major roundabout at 196 Melbourne Road in Wodonga, and includes a Carls Jr, Oporto, and Fast Lane Coffee.

Youil Adam, Development Director of Spectrum Retail, said there is significant community demand for convenience retail in Wodonga, and this project will help drive further investment, jobs, and choice to the local market.

“Drive-through operations are witnessing unprecedented demand post-COVID, offering fast and convenient service with minimal contact. This development will also address a gap in the market, as the only fuel and food offering arriving at the border town from Melbourne.”

The project, designed by architects The Retail Group, is set to be a significant employment generator for the community with over 300 construction jobs and a further 200 ongoing local jobs created once the centre opens.

The 6000sqm site is currently occupied by the Murray Vale Hotel and has exposure to roughly 20,000 vehicles each day.

Carl’s Jr has 4000 over restaurants worldwide and is rapidly expanding its presence in the Australian market with 35 restaurants currently trading and a target for over 160 by 2032. Bondi-born Oporto now has 176 stores nationally, with the development of this store marking Oporto’s first location between Canberra and Melbourne.

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