ALMOST two years since Masters the new Woolworths-owned hardware megamarket chain to rival Bunnings announced its plans to develop a giant homemakers' store at Taree South, plans are in progress.
The 'home improvement store' would contain hardware, homewares, garden and trade sections, as well as extensive carparks.
The 14,000 square metre proposal puts it in the same league as Taree's Bunnings, and is expected to be the catalyst for an all-new home improvement and bulky goods 'suburb' on what is now farmland, on the western side of Manning River Drive (the old Pacific Highway).
The Masters proposal went on public exhibition in July 2011, but before it could be approved a host of issues needed to be worked through, involving council and Masters.
A Masters Spokesperson told the Times this week that plans were being finalised.
"We are in the process of finalising designs and construction timelines," they said, with more information to come in the next couple of months.