After arriving at Port Pirie and more recently, Port Augusta, convenience store chain On The Run is planning to develop a site in Whyalla.
The $3 million development, given approval by the state government, could bring around as much as 30 long-term jobs into Whyalla, and help re-invigorate the Playford Avenue precinct.
OTR Business Development Manager Philip Moir said 50 jobs would be created during the construction of the new development.
“As with all regional developments, we will call on a host of local trades to help construct the store,” he said.
The company will be planning to bring barista made coffee, a range of supermarket essentials and the OTR Eat range to Whyalla.
OTR will also choose another food offer from their extensive portfolio including Subway, Oporto’s, Hungry Jack’s, Wok in a Box and Krispy Kreme to bring to the steel city.
The planning committee at the Whyalla City Council have given the group approval to construct a site in the vacant lot currently being used as a carpark on the corner of Playford Avenue and Elliot Street.
The approval is conditional on construction starting within a year and the project being completed within three years, with Mr Moir saying the company plan to commence construction “soon”.
Council CEO Chris Cowley said the new business sent a clear message to the business community that there is a level of confidence in the economy of Whyalla.
“OTR have a particular offering in the way they conduct their business that gives the community more diversity in that section of town,” he said.
Mr Cowley said the new OTR could help attract those passing through Whyalla to make a stop.
“Hopefully it will encourage traveling motorists to stop, and if we can get them to stop, we certainly have more opportunities to get them to stay and invest in our community,” he said.
“It will create opportunities for parts of the community struggling to find employment.”