If you’re one for a spending-spree, beware – the shopping is great on the Western Downs. You’ll find shopping centres, cute boutiques tucked away behind tree-lined streets and speciality stores with street frontage.

It’s not just small retailers making the move west – the opening of Bunnings Warehouse and Aldi Supermarket in Dalby demonstrate continued retail growth within the community.

These flagship stores not only serve the Western Downs communities but service the western market incorporating Maranoa and Balonne regions, supporting a movement towards seeing the Western Downs as retail destinations for the west.

The retail experience in the Western Downs has a hospitality scene to match, with quaint eateries that turn up the country charm with some of the best cooking this side of the Great Dividing Range.

With a growing population, the Western Downs has potential for further development in the retail sector, with the opportunity for new businesses to take on affordable, prime real estate sites.

We have identified the following opportunities worthy of further investigation:

  • Big Box retailers
  • Franchises
  • National retail chains
  • Start-ups and entrepreneurship
  • Boutique specialty stores
  • Identifying public/private partnerships
  • Pop-up shops
  • Transition from homebased business to shop front

Hear from some of our local businesses:

Chinchilla Farmers Market

Bunnings Dalby