German supermarket giant Kaufland has been given the go-ahead to open in Dandenong.
The store at the former Bunnings site on Princes Highway and Gladstone Road won planning approval from the State Government after being assessed by an independent planning advisory committee.
Stores in Chirnside Park and Epping were also approved, along with a distribution centre in Mickleham and Kaufland’s Australian headquarters in Melbourne.
Economic Development Minister Tim Pallas described the supermarket’s arrival as a “huge notch on Victoria’s belt”.
“Kaufland’s investment will boost our economy, create jobs and provide opportunities for local businesses, not to mention open up a whole new world of supermarket shopping for Victorian families.”
Jobs, Innovation and Trade Minister Martin Pakula said up to 1600 jobs would be created, with potential for further expansion.
Three further stores have been proposed for Oakleigh South, Mornington and Coolaroo.
Kaufland managing director Julia Kern described the stores as a “one-stop destination supermarket”.
“Our initial investment of $459 million will create opportunities for local businesses and stimulate much needed competition and consumer choice in Australia’s supermarket sector.”