WORK has finally started at the vacant site next to Agnes Water Shopping Centre after more than 12 years, and locals are excited.
Geoff Bonney and sons Jason and Nathan, of Aussie Supermarket Brokers, have taken on the project which includes a Foodworks supermarket, post office and several specialty shops.
The company, which specialises in small shopping centre complexes, identified the need locally for a full range supermarket.
"Earlier plans for the centre have been amended so that the project is more economical to build, and tenants will be able to afford rentals," Mr Bonney said.
The centre is being built by Steve McFadden of DDS Projects, and the developers plan to use local contractors wherever possible.
It is expected the project will be completed by September.
When finished, the new Foodworks premises will be five times bigger than the business's current site, allowing it to become a full range supermarket.
The store will also include a butchery and seafood section.
"Long gone will be the days of travelling to Bundaberg or Gladstone for the main grocery shop," Foodworks owner Peter Kinder said.
"We will be able to stock most lines and access all Foodworks specials. We will also need to expand our workforce, offering more employment opportunities locally."
The Agnes Water Post Office will also relocate to the new centre, occupying a space double its current size.
"This will allow us to triple our post boxes," licensee Neil Collins said.