WOOLWORTHS could be moving into the Highgate area.
The grocery giant has paid about $7.2 million for the block at 80 Bulwer Street, technically listed as the suburb of “Perth,” but spiritually it’s pretty Highgatey.
The supermarket giant also bought the land to the rear for a reported $3.97 million, giving it a huge block to work with.
With Woolworths’ plan for a Dan Murphys in Maylands knocked back a couple weeks ago, we asked Woolworths Group HQ if they were planning to stick one in Highgate, but it sounds like a supermarket is on the cards.
“Woolworths can confirm we have recently acquired property at Bulwer Street, Highgate as we believe there is an under supply of supermarkets in Highgate and the surrounding areas,” said a Woolworths spokesperson.
“While we’re still evaluating our planning for this site and have not made any further decisions yet, we look forward to engaging with council and the community in due course.”
There is a modest-sized IGA a few hundred metres away at Weld Square, but the nearest of the “big two” supermarkets is the Woolworths in the CBD (not easy to get to for Highgate folk) or the Coles at North Perth Plaza.
by DAVID BELL