The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has not opposed Woolworths’ proposed acquisition of three Supa IGA supermarkets in Queensland.

These supermarkets are located at Banksia Beach, Bribie Island and Rasmussen and Riverside Gardens both in Townsville.

“After a thorough investigation, the ACCC concluded that the proposed acquisitions would not result in a substantial lessening of competition in any market and are unlikely to reduce consumers’ choice or eliminate a vigorous competitor in the relevant local markets,” ACCC Commissioner Jill Walker said.

“Despite Woolworths’ increase in market share, it would remain constrained by other supermarkets in the local markets with different offerings.”

In the local markets surrounding the Banksia Beach and Rasmussen stores, local residents would be able to access other Supa IGA stores.

The ACCC’s inquiries regarding the Riverside Gardens store indicated that local residents do most of their grocery shopping at larger stores in nearby shopping centres. The ACCC also took into account the lack of alternative buyers for the Banksia Beach and Riverside Gardens stores.