By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au
DEMOLITION has begun on existing buildings to make way for a new $2.5 million shopping centre at New Auckland.
Architect and designer of the new project, Steve Matovic, said the pro- ponents were negotiating with sever- al operators for the major tenancy, the convenience store.
"There are a number of operators who are new to the Gladstone situa- tion who are looking for an outlet there,'' he said.
Mr Matovic said the proponents had set aside 250 square metres for the convenience store, but a couple of them were negotiating for 300 square metres to have more space. "That's no problem ? we can do that for them,'' he said.
He said when the major tenancy was secured, final drawings would be prepared for the Beak Street/ Shaw Street complex and a builder selected.
The shopping centre is to be de- signed in a style to suggest the sub- tropics with wide overhangs to form an open pedestrian mall to suit this climate.
It is expected the complex could include such tenancies as a bottle shop, a bakery, a restaurant and a hairdresser in its 11 shops.
The proponents also plan a 24 two- storey townhouse development near the shopping centre.
Both are projects of Meranda Pty Ltd which is also developing 66 ac- commodation units on Goondoon Street next to the Reef Hotel.