Plaza undergoes refurbishment

KEPPEL Bay Plaza is the target for new stores setting up shop in Yeppoon.

The James St shopping centre is undergoing a modern makeover and will soon be home to Yeppoon's first Target Country store, which will join the existing Coles, Australia Post, Amcal Pharmacy, national banks, newsagency and Crazy Clark's.

And the call is out for cafes, bakeries, fashion, jewellery, beauty salons, optometrists and homewares stores to fill 25 shop spaces in the new refurbished facility.

Keppel Bay Plaza representative from Ray White Investments, Charlie Yankos, said local businesses had shown interest and they were encouraged to check out the new internal plans.

"We are hoping to have a mix of national retailers and what we call mum and dad operators. We welcome that as much as possible," he said.

"We are really looking forward to it being something new for the area."

The centre will remain open while the interior and exterior has a much-anticipated makeover, which is expected to be completed between July and August this year.

The 293 existing car parks and the footpaths will be upgraded to improve accessibility, and the amenities will also be improved.

Keppel Bay Plaza was constructed in the 1970s and extended in the 1990s.

Original redevelopment approvals for the centre included a cinema, but Mr Yankos said delivering such a facility was difficult in the current market.

"At this stage it's difficult to put a cinema in there, for a number of different reasons. But we don't rule out anything," he said.

"If things change, we will let the community know about it."

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