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Here’s some of what’s happening on the business scene in the Ipswich region.

Coles Distribution Centre
Move aside Costco – Coles is also eyeing off Ipswich. The supermarket giant confirmed plans last month to construct a new automated ambient distribution centre in Ipswich, likely to create hundreds of new jobs.
Coles Group Limited made a major announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange about a $950 million project involving two mega distribution centres at Ipswich and Western Sydney.
The company confirmed the new centre, to be based at Redbank, will create hundreds of jobs over an initial 20-year lease period.
It has yet to go through the formal development application process with Ipswich City Council.
Coles CEO Steven Cain said the contracts with WITRON Australia Pty Ltd are subject to the satisfaction of certain property-related conditions and development approvals.
“With the signing of these important contracts, Coles is one step closer to implementing a key element of its supply chain modernisation strategy,” he said.
“This will provide a safer working environment for our team members, lower supply chain costs, enhance our overall business competitiveness and make life easier for our customers by having the right offer in the right location.”
Mr Cain said Coles will spend $950 million over six years on the two distribution centres. Some existing distribution centres will be closed over the next five years as Coles modernises its plant in Redbank.

The Yard on Glebe – For Sale
One of Ipswich’s most popular café’s, The Yard on Glebe is up for sale – again!
Not specifying why the business is up for sale, the cafe known for it’s blend of healthy and naughty treats is accepting offers over $30,000.
The café, which only opened at the end of 2017 was previously up for sale in May last year due to owner Bella Wellsmore’s ill health.
Interested buyers can email Bella at bella@theyardonglebe.com.au.
Major Medical Centre for Goodna:
Health services in Goodna and surrounds are set to expand with approval given for a new 24-hour medical centre on a vacant block in Mill Street.
It will be built at 23 Mill Street and as well as doctors, is expected to include several health-related tenancies including radiology, pathology, a pharmacy and specialised health services.
The approval also allows for a cafe and professional office as part of the development.
To lessen the risk of flooding, the centre will be raised above the 2011 Flood Level with unenclosed car parking underneath that allows for water to flow.
Access will be by Mill Street with a total of 169 parking bays, plus loading bays, spread across the street and upper level of the centre.

Gemütlich says Goodbye
Ipswich home and kitchenware store Gemutlich will close it’s doors next month after 11 years of trading in Ipswich.
Owners Jim McKee and Diana Love took to Facebook to thank Ipswich customers for their loyal patronage.
“Our lease expires soon and we will not be renewing the lease,” they wrote.
“Thanks to every one who has supported and encouraged us for the past 11 years. It has been a wonderful time and we have met many wonderful people.”
Gemutlich have slashed their prices on international kitchenware brands before their closure, and will not be reordering stock before their closure.