Steven Maller is building the new shopping centre at Blackbutt.
Steven Maller is building the new shopping centre at Blackbutt. Michael Nolan

When doors will open on new supermarket

AFTER years of planning and more than 12 months of construction, the doors are set to open on the Blackbutt Shopping Centre.

Store owner Steven Maller is putting the final touches on the building's interior and he expects to open sometime between April 18-25.

The new store will be an IGA.

"The construction is really finished, we're just fitting out the inside," Mr Maller said.

"We're in the final stages of preparation and the groceries will arrive just after Easter."

Construction was delayed by several factors.

Late last year a family tragedy resulted in the chief contractor pulling away from the job.

It took about a month to secure a replacement.

Hot summer days and a rainy February limited the number of viable work days.

"There has been consistent rain through this whole process, we experienced more delays because of the rain than on any other job I've worked on," MrMaller said.

"February was when we started the car park, but you can't pour concrete in rain, can't use earth moving equipment.

"It was frustrating."

Ideally Mr Maller said he would have preferred to start working on the shops earlier in the year to take advantage of the drier, more mild winter days.

An agreement with the South Burnett Regional Council to finish moving and renovating the Blackbutt Community Hall prevented the early start.

"There was a process we had to go through and that took time," MrMaller said.

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