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Spuds on the menu for Midland

THE supermarket made famous by potato kingpin Tony Galati is finally coming to Midland after the East Metropolitan Joint Development Assessment Panel approved a development application on Wednesday morning.

The five-member panel voted 4-1 to approve the $2.25 million Spudshed development at lot 44, Clayton Street in Bellevue, with only JDAP deputy chair Kym Petani voting against the development.

Spudshed has become a major player in the WA supermarket industry since its first shop was established on the Galati family farm in Baldivis in 1998, with nine stores across the metropolitan area.

All but two of those stores – Wanneroo and Mandurah – operate 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and it has been confirmed the Bellevue store, at the site of the former Midland Military Markets, will also be open 24-hours-a-day. 

The development was put out for public comment over January and February this year, with two submissions of non-objection to the development and four submissions opposed.

Tellingly, the four submissions opposed were received from Vicinity Group, owners of Midland Gate Shopping Centre, and TPG Place Match on behalf of Coles Group Property Developments for their sites in Midland Gate, Darling Ridge Shopping Centre and Bassendean Shopping Centre.

The application was deferred by JDAP in April 2018 for the applicant to prepare a Retail Sustainability Assessment, which found that in 2019, the proposed Spudshed would impact the turnover of the objecting sites by 1.9 per cent (Midland Gate), 2.3 per cent (Darling Ridge Shopping Centre) and 0.8 per cent (Bassendean Shopping Centre).

Mr Galati told Echo News the decision allowed him to honour a promise he made decades ago.

“Twenty years ago we gave away free spuds at the old Military Markets in Midland and at the time I promised the residents of Midland that one day I would open a Spudshed there,” he said. 

“I am happy to finally be able to honour that promise and look forward to opening our new store before the end of the year.”

By Liam Ducey


About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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