One of the world’s largest retailers, Kaufland, has broken ground to commence construction of its first South Australian supermarket in Prospect, their first outside of Europe. It is one of three stores it will be building in Australia, with more to come.
The multi-million-dollar development, on a 24,000sqm vacant site, will feature a Kaufland supermarket, food hall, outside dining area and support tenancies.
The company has also secured planning approval for another Adelaide store on the former Le Cornu site on Anzac Highway at Forestville and has another development application currently being assessed.
Premier Steven Marshall said it was an exciting day for the state to have a company of Kaufland’s international standing build one of its first two Australian stores in Adelaide.
“Not only will this project create an estimated 150 construction jobs and up to another 100 retail jobs upon completion, it will offer South Australian consumers more choice,” said the Premier.
“Developments like this from major international companies show the confidence in the South Australian economy, reinforcing that we are heading in the right direction.
“Kaufland’s expansion into South Australia presents significant opportunities for the state’s food producers, as the company has publicly stated its desire to stock local products on its shelves which is fantastic news.
“We look forward to working with the company as they look to expand into further sites across Adelaide and the state.”
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said construction of Kaufland’s Prospect store and the subsequent projects in Forestville and across Adelaide will provide a number of important contract opportunities for local construction companies.
“The company has already employed a local property development and construction management team in preparation for Kaufland’s expansion, which is a further indication of Kaufland’s strong commitment to South Australia and the local economy,’’ Mr Ridgway said.
“To have a global brand like Kaufland invest in property is a great reflection of South Australia’s global standing, and I’m confident this partnership will generate further trade advantages in the future particularly with Europe where Kaufland has almost 1,300 stores across the continent”.
Kaufland Australia’s Managing Director, Julia Kern said they are committed to investing in South Australia for the long term, and today’s celebration at Prospect is a tremendous and exciting milestone for Kaufland Australia.
The Prospect store will initially operate as a testing facility to train staff, practise processes and trial proposed concepts.
Construction of the Prospect store is due to be completed in late 2020.