McLaren Vale, South Australia
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Adelaide, South Australia
|Population||3,861 (2011 census Census)|
|• Density||990/km2 (2,560/sq mi)|
|Area||3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi)|
|Location||41 km (25 mi) from Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||City of Onkaparinga|
The township was formed in 1923 from a merging of the two original villages of Gloucester and Bellevue, which were established in the 1840s by British pioneers.
The McLaren Vale wine region surrounds the town.
The main road junction into the town, at Victor Harbor Road and Main Road, has over the years been notorious for fatal crashes. In 2011, construction stated on an overpass, to remove the threat of right hand turns through high speed traffic. The overpass opened in late 2012.
There were once two supermarkets in the town, a Foodland and a BI-LO (where Browse and Save currently operates), until Foodland was sold, and Bilo moved into the vacancy. In 2006, BI-LO converted to Coles along with the national conversion. In 2011, it was announced that the shopping centre would be undergoing an upgrade, with a Target Country. Target Country will occupy the current Coles location, after a new, bigger Coles is built behind its current location. The complete shopping centre is expected to open in early 2013.
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