Gladstone Central forges ahead
GLADSTONE Central will be the most modern shopping centre in Gladstone to date, centre manager Chris Robinson said yesterday.
Work on the new shopping venue, situated on the corner of Dawson Highway and Park Street and incorporating the Nightowl Centre, has accelerated following a lull this year which allowed developers to make changes to earlier plans.
Mrs Robinson said the Celtic Pacific Properties development, currently a mass of girders and scaffolding, was proceeding well and was expected to be completed in July next year.
She said the centre management was negotiating with tenants for about 10 novelty shops. Another shop is expected to be a bank.
"This development will bring a bit of modernised shopping to the area with, among other things, the city's first travelator,'' she said.
She said at this stage, IGA looked likely to operate the huge 2500 sqm supermarket.
The supermarket, the seven cinema complex to be built above it, and a Dicey Reilly's Irish pub/restaurant are expected to bring customers back towards the city centre.