Residents and tourists share their opinions on Port Macquarie Food for Less site

Residents' views: Helen Dorrington and Jennifer Dorrington, with Spot the dog, at the vacant Food for Less site.
Residents' views: Helen Dorrington and Jennifer Dorrington, with Spot the dog, at the vacant Food for Less site.

An online petition, launched in a bid to trigger Woolworths to take action about the vacant Food for Less site, is gathering momentum.

The Change.org petition urges Woolworths to “please remove this eyesore”.

The Port News asked Woolworths about its plans.

A spokesperson said Woolworths was committed to bringing a new retail shopping experience to Port Macquarie.

“Despite there being a number of challenges to our delivery plans, our team is working hard to overcome them and agree a suitable timeline,” the spokesperson said.

The Port News gauged people’s thoughts about the former Food for Less building in light of the petition.

Port Macquarie’s Helen Dorrington said the building was ugly.

“I think Port Macquarie is becoming quite a sophisticated town now and it’s obviously a place that is big from a tourism perspective,” she said.

“I think that [building] makes it look very shabby and it isn’t a very good reflection on the Port Macquarie we want to have.”

Jennifer Dorrington said the building was not attractive and whatever went there had to be an improvement.

Visitor Kev Murphy said there was nothing attractive about the building.

Sydneysiders Daniel Pontello said Nikki Horsnell are considering a move to Port Macquarie.

Mr Pontello said the new mural looked really nice and the site had so much potential.

Miss Horsnell said a supermarket would work well.

Woolworths had planned a development across its Food for Less site and the adjoining Crown Lands-owned car park but withdrew from an expression of interest process to buy the car park.

There is development consent to revamp the former Food for Less supermarket.