The retail section of the shire has been built upon the success of the Agricultural, Coal and Power Industries. Employing 15.8%* of the workforce, it is second only to the mining industry in number of people employed. The  extension of Muswellbrook Marketplace, was completed in 2002 and now boasts Big W, Woolworth's and 35 specialty shops,  Muswellbrook has the advantage of the shopping centre being in the heart of the existing shopping area.

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