Down it goes!
THE former Coles supermarket is nothing more than a pile of rubble as demolition crews clear a path for the next phase of the $93 million dollar Stockland expansion.
Stage two commenced on September 10 and includes the demolition to ground level of the old Kmart Plaza, including Coles supermarket, built about 30 years ago.
Stockland Rockhampton marketing manager, Sussanah Willis, said groundworks would commence once demolition was complete, with the expected opening of stage two scheduled for August, 2010, or earlier.
Stage two will provide a further three mini-majors and 15 retailers that include an additional pharmacy, newsagent and travel operator to compliment the retail mix.
With a solid blend of national and local retailers, Stockland Rockhampton will provide a benchmark of retail activity that should see flow-on effects to employment, tourism and other developments in the area with an estimated 400 retail employment opportunities and approximately 455 construction jobs provided for throughout the development, she says.
Stage one, which opened last month, brought 38 stores including 20 first-time retailers to Rocky.
They included Donut King, Jetts Fitness Rockhampton, Zarraffas Coffee, Autograph, The Coffee Club, Roger David, Foxx Foe, Ally Fashion, Silver Shop, Diva, Butterfly Silver, Dusk, Novo Shoes, Bras N Things, yd., Tarocash, The Perfume Connection, Mystique Jewellers, My Shop, Witchery, Forever New, Dotti, Zelows, Wombat, Valley Girl, Temt, The Body Shop, The Sunglass Hut, Angus & Robertson and JB Hi-Fi.
In addition, a new food precinct opened outside the new Coles and Kmart with the relocation of local operators Lenards, Healthy Life, Reid Liquor, and Wayne's World of Meats. Out of the 38 Stockland centres in Australia, Rocky's is the biggest.STAGE TWO • A further three mini-majors and 15 retailers including an additional pharmacy, newsagent and travel operator; • Expected opening scheduled for August 2010 or earlier; • Commenced on September 10.