Stockland to fuse into super centre
AFTER years of rumours and months of planning, Stockland is now one step closer to undertaking the mammoth task of joining Stockland Rockhampton and Kmart Plaza.
The company yesterday released de- tails of the $40 million development which will make the centre one of the largest in Queensland.
Under the proposal the two shop- ping centres will be joined by a pedes- trian bridge which will also house re- tail outlets.
Stockland Rockhampton spokes- woman Celina Urquhart said the rede- veloped shopping centre would in- clude three supermarkets, two discount department stores and 170 specialty stores.
"It will bring us to the size of a ma- jor regional centre and will make us the biggest between Maroochydore and Townsville,'' she said.
She said under the plans Kmart Pla- za would get a face-lift with a new Kmart and Coles, while the existing Stockland Rockhampton would re- main the same.
The development will also include extra car parks, shade cloth and is likely to include three stand-alone re- tail spaces which could be used for fast food outlets.
Rebecca Felsser and Ingrid Bellert, who work for Mama's Carvery in Kmart Plaza, said they couldn't wait to see the project get off the ground.
"It's a bit of an eyesore at the mo- ment so I think it will be great,'' Ms Fessler said. "I'm looking forward to there being something different in Rocky, a bit of variety,'' Ms Bellert said.
The pair said retailers and custom- ers had been nervous about the pro- ject, but they were sure most would support it once they knew the details.