AN agricultural machinery dealership that is consolidating its Warrnambool operations to a single site is predicting a big improvement in the south-west retail economy this year.
Agrimac principal Hugh McEachern said there was more confidence than last year, especially in the dairying industry.
“There’s definitely an upturn,” he said.
“We’ve extended the lease for our Agricmac site on Caramut Road and concentrating our focus on agricultural equipment.”
The company has decided to close its Agriplus outlet which sold a different range of products on the other side of the road.
“It makes management easier to have all operations on one site,” Mr McEachern said.
He dismissed a rumour linking the Agriplus move to the saleyards issue.
“Caramut Road is a high-profile location and our business does not depend on the saleyards,” he said.
Agriplus stock, including irrigation fittings, welding consumables, tools, hydraulic fittings and children’s motorcycles, will be sold on Saturday at an auction starting at 10.30am.
The Agriplus site is owned by the A. L. Lane Foundation which also has the adjacent Landmark site. Foundation trustee Vern Robson said a new tenant would be sought to move in when the Agriplus lease expired.