By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE shoppers will have a brand new supermarket, but you can bet the kids will be more interested in the city's first travelator.
IGA Supa Stores will open for business at Gladstone Central Shopping Centre on Wednesday after a busy few days stocking the shelves.
Spokesman for the proponents, Celtic Pacific Properties, Ken Stockley said it would be a 'soft opening' because it was planned to stage an official opening on November 19.
The 2500 square metre shopping centre on Dawson Highway is part of a development that includes about 10 or 11 specialty shops on the same ground level, and parking below ground level.
The new construction is part of the larger Mulhern Developments project, which includes the NightOwl Centre, between Park Street and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The shopping centre can be accessed via an arcade on ground level and a travelator from the underground car park.
Above the shopping centre, on roof level, there will be a seven-cinema complex and cinema parking.
Shopping centre manager Jean Harris said the new IGA store would employ between 120 and 150 people, most of them local. Ms Harris will be transferred from the existing IGA store in Toolooa Street to the new centre.
The Toolooa Street store will continue to operate as usual.