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Costco sign at the Docklands store

THIS week construction work has commenced on the site of the new $65 million Ringwood Costco project.

After years of negotiations, the American retail giant announced in July this year that it would open its second Melbourne store.

An aisle of Costco Docklands

Mayor Cr Rob Steane supports the development as he believes it will bring more business to the area.

He also said that the construction phase will generate 160 jobs and upon opening, the store will employ another 400 people.

“Since the announcement of Costco, QIC (the owners of Eastland) have had a significant increase in inquiries from potential businesses wanting to set up in Eastland.   So it is apparent that other businesses can see the potential in Ringwood that Costco is attracting,” Cr Steane said.

“Customers travel specially to Costco.  That will draw customers to Ringwood from Frankston, Cranbourne, Eltham and elsewhere.   These are people who would typically never come to Ringwood to shop.”

Cr Steane does not believe that increased traffic will have a negative impact on the area and that there won’t be any loss of business for surrounding businesses.

“In relation to traffic, Costco again has another unique advantage – its proximity to Eastlink. Increased traffic is well able to be handled by that facility.   Additionally Costco will have nearly 1000 parking spaces on site,” Cr Steane said.

“In relation to other businesses, whilst some local residents will move from some smaller businesses to Costco, the increased customer traffic will spill over to other businesses. The people who come to Costco, will also sit down and have a coffee, have some lunch, shop at other shops.”

Costco will be competing with nearby supermarkets Woolworths and Coles in Eastland shopping centre but local resident Kate Varnam does not believe Costco will steal their customers.

“You need a membership for Costco so I don’t think smaller shops would lose business… I wouldn’t buy vegetables or meat from Costco,” said Ms Varnam.

Janet Debeleak is an employee at Costco Docklands and believes a new Costco will be good for the economy.

“People come in from everywhere so sometimes it helps to have a Costco on the other side. It’s good for the Government, other businesses, people looking for jobs, for everyone.”

Costco Docklands employee Janet with Darcie

The Ringwood Costco is being built on the corner of Market St and Bond St and is expected to open by the end of August 2013.

Construction work on the corner of Market St and Bond St

Construction work

For more information, read these stories:

Maroondah Leader ‘Work starts at Ringwood Costco site’

Maroondah Leader ‘Costco to open in Ringwood’

By Darcie Quinn

by Luke Rose

Students at Deakin University Burwood have been subjected to trying conditions during the current semester. With limited parking, ongoing construction and the dreaded fire alarm tests, students would be forgiven for confusing their university with a busy construction site on the streets of Melbourne.

The constant addition of new buildings and improvements to the facilities at Burwood are wreaking havoc on the students’ experience of attending a world class tertiary institution. For the past three weeks construction and maintenance have been carried out within the Burwood library, causing much discomfort for students using the library as a place of peace and quiet to potentially study for this semester’s upcoming exams.

The testing of the library fire alarm appears to be a point of great contention with students experiencing periodical fire alarm testing; consisting of an extremely loud and long alarm ringing and growing in intensity, making it near impossible to hear the thoughts in your head let alone the music from your iPod.

With the fire alarm has also come the addition of some rearrangement of the ground level of the library. Shelves are moved and the drowning sounds of drills, saws and even nail guns resonate around the library removing the peaceful working environment recognised globally by the name of a library.

Its just ridiculous….The fire alarm gets incredibly loud to the point where you can’t even think about study

Students are reporting a general rise in the volume within the library, without the constructions the noise levels have increased; the number of people using the library may have increased, however the majority are using the library as a discussion area rather than a quiet working environment.

A contrast between the University Library of yesteryear against the modern day University Library.

As we move into a modern technological age the concept of the library has changed. The addition of multi-purpose learning areas, improvement of computer facilities and couches arranged to allow discourse; the library has changed, but is it for the better?

Should students be alarmed; will the modern day library overpower the traditional library or will the need for a quiet working environment prevail?

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