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Independent retailers launch Kaufland protest

Independent retailers launch Kaufland protest

Independent retailers including IGA, FoodWorks and Friendly Grocer are protesting the Victorian Government’s decision to fast-track the planning process for Kaufland launching in the state. 

Kaufland wants to open mega supermarkets in Dandenong, Epping, Oakleigh South, Coolaroo, Chirnside Park and Mornington that will be about four or five times larger than the average Coles or Woolworth supermarket.

The company also wants to set up its Australian headquarters next to the proposed Oakleigh South store.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has appointed a planning advisory committee to consider proposals by the supermarket chain.

The independent retailers launched a “Save Our Shops” campaign today, petitioning locals share their concerns with Premier Daniel Andrews.

Master Grocers Association chief Jos De Bruin has accused the government of giving the German chain “an unfair advantage over local stores”.

“By going around local government planning processes and using the minister to rezone so a mega store can be dropped on to communities, they are undermining local voices,” he told the Herald Sun.

“Premier Dan Andrews can save our local small businesses and give local communities a voice today by giving the planning powers back to local councils where they belong.”

A spokeswoman said the advisory committee process would “ensure we get the best outcomes for local communities and Victoria”.

Kaufland kicks off recruitment drive

Kaufland is currently seeking staff to work in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Area Manager roles advertised on the company website are offering successful candidates a 14-month “training and development” period in Europe where they will “become a fluent German speaker” and learn what makes Kaufland successful.

Alongside a “competitive” salary package, the supermarket giant is also offering a “fully maintained company BMW”.

The job advertisement advises candidates to “be prepared to enter an environment that has a ‘start-up’ feeling and a team that supports each other professionally and socially.”