A new Heatherbrae’s Pies outlet under construction at Ourimbah is expected to open in April and bring 50 jobs to the region.
Heatherbrae’s Pies has been operating at Raymond Terrace for 20 years, proving to be a favourite stop on the drive north.
Now Central Coast residents will only have to drive as far as Ourimbah for the trademark meat pies and sausage rolls.
Wedged between the Old Pacific Hwy and the M1, the Central Coast site has been developing for more than 10 years.
“Once upon a time the site was an extremely popular Caltex service station before the M1 Motorway changed traffic flows,” said Heatherbrae’s owner Russell Cox.
“Access to the new Heatherbrae’s Pies will be from the Old Pacific Hwy which is only hundreds of metres north of the Ourimbah interchange.
“Heatherbrae’s Pies Ourimbah was delayed with a second Heatherbrae’s Pies bakery being set up in the Southern Highlands.
“(This) development has taken some time to get well established and COVID-19 has created a delay of further development until now.”
The large site has a 120m frontage to the M1 and the Old Pacific Hwy.
The development will provide more than 40 car parking spots as well as trailer and bus parking.
It will also have a drive thru facility for easy pie and cappuccino pick up.
Veranda and dining room seating will be available along with rest-stop facilities.
“This location will offer a great alternative rest stop to the Ourimbah rest area and a great meal alternative,” Cox said.
Cox developed the original Heatherbrae’s Pies marketing concept and designed the iconic building.
“The building is a sprawling old-fashioned bakery with large outlooking windows and a wide veranda,” he said.
“The front of the building’s parapet raises up to a corbelled arc with side crenellations punctuated with a double storey veranda lower down.”
Stevens Construction is performing the building work, which is mainly concrete with brick veneer.
“I have lived in Ourimbah myself for most of my life and I am certainly looking forward to sharing my commuting time with a local premise.
“Ourimbah is well positioned to serve travellers, commuters and the Central Coast market.
“The location is easily accessible to the M1 and well positioned for local traffic using the Pacific Hwy to and from Tuggerah and further north.”
Heatherbrae’s Pies will be seeking a local butcher, a local fruiterer and a local milko to provide its supplies.
The ship will also offer a quality range of cakes, Zentveld’s coffee, flavoured milk from Bega Dairies and Saxby Soft drinks from Taree.
“Just about all ingredients are Australian grown and supplied; all profits stay within the country,” Cox said.
“The Heatherbrae’s Pies Ourimbah establishment will employ over 50 staff, including in sales and service.
“Some staff will be fully qualified pastry chefs and there will be a few opportunities for pastry chef apprenticeships.”