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Black Pepper eyes Orange's Red Spot as its new location; DA submitted to council

March 21, 2023

By Peter Holmes

Women’s fashion brand Black Pepper has submitted a development application (DA) to Orange City Council that would allow it to move into the shop currently operated by Rico Lung’s Red Spot Giftware and Homeware.

The Orange News Examiner reported last week about Rico Lung’s decision to close the Red Spot shop in April after 23 years.

A DA lodged with council in the week from February 20 to 24, 2023, sought approval to redevelop the space.

“Parts of the existing building are proposed to be demolished to make way for the alterations and additions proposed,” said a Statement of Environmental Effects prepared of behalf of Black Pepper.

“The proposal involves changes to the existing shop frontage that is currently occupied by Red Spot (a discount retail store) for re-use by Black Pepper Brands, who sell clothing and shoes.”

The environmental assessment states that the main works requiring Orange City Council’s consent “are the new shop front windows and automatic front entrance doors facing Summer Street, which involve the enclosure of an existing alcove ramp section within the trading floor”.

Rico Lung at Red Spot. Main image: Google Street View. Inset: Orange News Examiner.

Other internal fit-out works are proposed, including the relining of internal walls, new air conditioning system and refurbishment of bathrooms.

“The proposal involves predominantly internal fit-out works,” the submission stated.

The current Black Pepper location at 207-209 Summer Street. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

“The overall aim of the project is to modernise the premises to suit Black Pepper Brands and to improve disability access, acoustic amenity and general comfort inside the premises.”

The proposed alterations and additions to the existing retail shop involve the “limited removal of some internal (non-load bearing) walls and fixtures … construction of new internal walls / fixtures to create new customer service area, storeroom and amenities”.

“Limited changes to front windows / doors to facilitate access and lighting and generally improve movement throughout the building. Internal plumbing, lighting and electrical changes.”

The DA stated that alterations and additions to the retail shop building would improve acoustics, including the upgrading of wall and ceiling insulation and installation of sealable doors and windows along the Summer Street frontage to reduce noise either entering or leaving the building.

The proposed hours of construction operations are 7am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

The shop would be in operation from 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturdays, with no trading on Sundays and public holidays.

Founded in 1976, Black Pepper - which is currently at 207-209 Summer Street - describes itself as “an iconic Australian women’s fashion brand” that sells “stylish, quality clothing”.

“At Black Pepper we celebrate our customers and their life stage. We pride ourselves on spoiling them with a unique and honest shopping experience that leaves them feeling fabulous.”

The DA is on public exhibition for comment at council chambers until Friday March 24 at 5pm.



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