Independent and FREE - 2021 Best Online Publication

Spotlight’s next Coast plans after world’s biggest store

Independent and FREE – 2021 Best Online Publication (Qld Country Press)

Spotlight’s next Coast plans after world’s biggest store


Spotlight reveals more Sunshine Coast plans after opening world's biggest store

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

Traveller’s delight: enormous expo will get you on the road to adventure

Thousands of keen travellers and outdoor enthusiasts are set to converge on an enormous expo, amid a boom in the caravanning and camping industry. For More

Solo exhibition of Coast’s own Archibald Prize finalist

From a moonlit Beerburrum landscape to a richly detailed portrait of the late Archie Roach, a wide range of works by local artist Peter More

Brighter future for town’s oldest and rarest buildings

Caloundra's historic and unique lighthouses are set to undergo rehabilitation work to ensure the region’s signature maritime beacons stand the test of time. Work will More

Purr-fect crime? Mystery ‘catnapping’ case ramps up

He’s been spotted more than 30km from where he vanished nearly a month ago, but Schultz the cat’s owners won’t give up. The search for More

Sand castles, sharks and the Seal Park: unfamiliar stories of the old days

Imagine ziplining over Mapleton Falls, going to the zoo at Tanawha and being blocked from a road because you didn’t have the key. Here are More

Critical: mum-and-dad owners at breaking point

Worker shortages “across all industries” are severely impacting many Sunshine Coast businesses, forcing temporary closures, exhausting owners and frustrating customers. While the ongoing fallout from More

Spotlight has revealed it is looking at opening even more stores on the Sunshine Coast after recently celebrating the launch of its biggest superstore in the world at Maroochydore.

The group is considering sites in Caloundra and Noosa and, potentially, a Harris Scarfe store as well another outlet in Gympie.

It comes after the privately owned Melbourne-based company opened the 6000sqm Spotlight in Maroochydore alongside two other of their brands — Anaconda and Harris Scarfe.

Spotlight Group’s executive deputy chairman and co-owner Zac Fried said he was drawn to Maroochydore by the big changes happening on the Coast, such as the new Maroochy CBD.

Zac Fried is excited about growth on the Coast.

“I have in my office the list of everything that is going on the map on the Coast; it’s pretty spectacular,” said Mr Fried, listing major Sunshine Coast Council projects that have excited him.

“We have been looking at that location for a very long time.

“Back when hardware chain Masters owned the site, the Spotlight Group were looking at building a store there.”

But it’s really what is underway at Sun Central on the old Horton Park Golf Club area that has enthused Mr Fried.

“The council and Sun Central’s vision to convert that into what it is going to be is quite an amazing thing,” he said.

“There is huge potential. The dream that has been set by council and Sun Central is reality and it is happening.

“Our location is the perfect future edge-of-centre development.”

CBRE’s director of sales and leasing (retail) Brendan Robins said next year there would be three or four more sites under construction in the northern CBD area.

“The bulk of the buildings will be built and established by 2030,” he said.

Work on the Maroochydore Spotlight Group site is far from complete. The Stage 2 retail commercial site, at twice the size of Stage 1, is being considered with the designs due. Once the permits are in place, construction could start as early as next year.

The final Stage 3 development is proposed to include two towers to house residential apartments, a hotel, office space or a combination of those depending on demand, but that might not happen for another six to eight years.

“We need to be realistic,” said Mr Robins. “We don’t want to be an eyesore and stand out with an eight or 10-storey tower down the other end from the CBD.

“Now it’s about focusing on the retail and commercial today and getting that up and trading and then we will come back.”