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$2.7 million Dan Murphy’s bottle shop planned for old Sandy Bay Road Shiploads store

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An artist's impression of the proposed Dan Murphy's Sandy Bay bottle shop. Image / Red Jelly

Dan Murphy’s will move into the former Sandy Bay Shiploads building if their development application is approved by the Hobart City Council.

Shiploads abruptly closed its Sandy Bay Road store in December 2022 after a decade in business, leaving the building sitting vacant since.


“Our lease is about to end and the owners of the property intend to redevelop the site,” a notice at the store read at the time.

Plans for the $2.7 million development include interior and exterior alterations, new car parking, landscaping and signage.

An artist’s impression of the proposed Dan Murphy’s Sandy Bay bottle shop. Image / Red Jelly

“It is expected that the proposed bottle shop will predominantly serve the local area of Sandy Bay, Mount Nelson, Battery Point and south going traffic to Taroona,” the application reads.

“The proposed change of use of an existing building, replacing the former ‘Shiploads’ store will not significantly alter the character and ambience of the precinct.”

The former Shiploads Sandy Bay store. Image / Pulse

“The proposed improved carparking layout and two way access to Sandy Bay Road respects the amenity of the surrounding residential area.”

Developers claim the proposal would generate 24 vehicle movements each hour at the rear Flinders Lane exit, with most of the traffic expected to come and go via Sandy Bay Road.


“The proposal demonstrates a high degree of compliance with the relevant provisions of the planning scheme and is recommended for approval with conditions as discussed above.”

The City of Hobart will vote on the development after representations have closed on April 19.

If approved, the new Dan Murphy’s outlet would become the fifth bottle shop in the area.

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