Vili Milisits, the owner of iconic South Australian bakery Vili’s, has said that he might be forced to move the business interstate if his Mile End property needs to be demolished to make way for the planned North-South Motorway.
Earlier this week, state parliament heard that Mr Milisits had been left in the dark over the future of his property, with Treasurer Rob Lucas refusing to confirm or deny whispers that the government would need to compulsorily acquire the historic bakery and cafe to build the South Road upgrade.
MP Frank Pangallo told Parliament that Mr Milisits estimated that moving his site would cost around $50 million, an amount that could prove too greater cost for the business when weighing up its future.
Mr Milisits told The Advertiser that the Vili’s brand has been rapidly expanding into the eastern states and that he could look at moving interstate if his factory has to make way for the new freeway.
“If they keep pushing me, I will look at moving all my stuff interstate if I have to,” Mr Milisits told The Advertiser.
“The eastern states are becoming my greatest customers. We are already in Sydney with about 30 people, but we would have to expand and take at least half of the business out of Adelaide.”
He pointed to proximity to distribution as the reason for the lack of viable alternative locations.
Finalised plans for the North-South Motorway’s remaining elements are expected to be released by mid-2021.