Stockland reveals what would bring retail big guns to Gladdy
GLADSTONE residents can look forward to a Myer store in town - as soon as there are 200,000 of us.
And while Stockland's retail development manager Robert Flemming wouldn't divulge the new outlets set to open in December as part of the expansion, or those planned for the next stage, the hot tip is that shoppers will see an Ichimaki sushi chain, a BWS liquor store and improvements to Sunshine Kebabs and Jamaica Blue by the end of the year.
Mr Flemming began his presentation at Thursday's GAPDL AGM at Harvey Road Tavern with a photo of the Townsville Stockland centre with a Myer sign on the front.
He admitted the photo was probably a tease.
With the region's population presently at 76,000, even Stockland's forward population projection of 103,650 by 2026 means a Myer store would be a long way off.
But following last week's council development approval of Stockland's $150million development west of Dawson Hwy, and the bi-partisan government funding for the Kin Kora traffic signal project, the next development is due to begin late 2014.
Mr Flemming said it would take six months to complete the design/tender process, but it's hoped construction would begin before the 2014-15 wet season.
"It will be in three construction stages to keep open the Coles, Kmart and Target and will include 1266 car parks on the bottom level," Mr Flemming said.
Stockland will soon begin targeting all retailers in its current centres plus retailers along the east coast to fill the 90 specialty shops.
But as the centre will be done in three stages, they will only need to fill 30 shops at a time.
Mr Flemming said there was still a positive outlook for the future of Gladstone's retail sector.
"Gladstone's off the map with the average earnings for wages and disposable income... and has an undersupply of quality retail choice," he said.
"It's what the town deserves."
He said Kin Kora hadn't moved forward since the Coles and Kmart were established, "and people want to see it updated".
"Gladstone maintains a level of community that is unrivalled and people want somewhere to be proud of, meet their friends and shop."
- Sushi shop
- Coffee shop
- Yoghurt shop
- Liquor store
Opening December 2013