Woolworths Avalon: Update on Plans for exterior & interior of New Metro store + Alternatives; IGA Supermarket now open at Bilgola Plateau
In October 2021 Residents contacted Pittwater Online due to the change in how Woolworths was displaying its hours of trade on the Woolworths's website store locator function, stating it is a Metro version of Woolworths.
The trolley bay located where these lockers are proposed to be installed will be moved further east, where a bench is currently located, which will be removed. Placing the trolley bay here may encroach into the space various local organisations set up fundraising tables such as sausage sandwiches when attempting to fund services for the community.
Under the Dunbar Park Plan of Management it is stated that:
'The Car Park on the eastern side of the Park predominately services car parking to Woolworths and the Avalon commercial centre. A mutually satisfactory lease agreement between Council and Woolworths Ltd for use of space within the car park for shopping trolley storage and loading dock area address this issue and the funds received contribute to the maintenance and repair of the car park.’
‘Continue to lease trolley storage and loading area to Woolworths. Income generated from lease to be used to upgrade and maintain Dunbar park.’
In March 2021 the current Council conducted a community and stakeholder engagement to gauge the level of support for the Council's intention to grant two, ten-year licences to Woolworths Group Limited via their Your Say page between 2 March and 30 March 2021.
The purpose of the proposed licences is for Woolworths at Avalon Beach to continue using the land adjacent to its retail store at 76 Old Barrenjoey Road Avalon, as a loading dock, carpark and trolley bays.
Most feedback included concerns of rubbish/cleanliness, access or compliance relating to Edmund Hock lane where the loading dock is and which is often blocked by Woolworths' garbage bins and frequently poorly maintained, leading to the rubbish attracting vermin and scavenging birds. Rubbish not secured ends up being blown into adjacent areas, including Careel Creek.
Edmund Hock lane on March 21st, 2021
Edmund Hock lane blocked for pedestrian and vehicle usage
The use of the Edmond Hock laneway to offload goods is also part of the DA and here it is proposed to install a manual swing gate to block use of the publicly owned laneway for pedestrians and vehicles.
Woolworths state they will make every endeavour to keep the Lane accessible and uncluttered, although waste and recycling bins will remain. Woolworths further state that as the Lane is Council property NBC is responsible for street cleansing.
The hoist in Edmund Hock Lane, which currently drops down from the exterior wall and disallows public access through the Lane while down will be replaced by an internal goods lift which can be accessed from outside. Goods will be loaded directly off the daily delivery trucks onto the lift and taken to the store. This should hopefully speed up the delivery process and lessen access issues.
Woolworths will be upgrading the drains under the store footprint to handle more storm runoff.
Other proposed New Signs: SG01 1x Directional sign, detailed Plan DA.P800 and location shown DA.P030 and a replacement Sign: SG03 1x 'Metro' sign to replace existing 'Woolworths' sign, shown Plan DA.P201 South Elevation, size to match existing and detailed on Plan DA.P800.
- Pop-up shop - pick up a great range of essentials at our temporary small store just down the road at Shop 1, 24 Avalon Parade, Avalon
- Woolworths Mona Vale - located at 25-29 Park Street, Mona Vale
- Home delivery - Shop online for home delivery at woolworths.com.au.
Woolworths, Avalon Parade, Avalon, opened on 5 March 1959 and closed in 1986. This photo was taken soon after opening from the later Post Officesite. photo from and with thanks to Geoff Searl OAM, President of the Avalon Beacvh Historical society