Busy Bee tenants given their eviction date by owners Aldi

TENANTS at Toormina's Busy Bee Shopping Centre have been given until November 19 to vacate by property owners Aldi.

However, a spokesperson for the discount supermarket chain says that there is no timeline for redevelopment of the site.

The company, which operates more than 200 stores in Australia, bought the site in October 2008 for $4.08 million.

In 2009 the company lodged a development application proposing a two storey building with ground floor parking and an Aldi store upstairs.

Despite this, Aldi yesterday said they could not confirm when work would start at the site and that it wasn't "something that's happening soon".

Broadway Fancy Dress and Costume Hire owner Mary Fitzroy said tenants had been notified about 18-months ago that they had until January 2013 to find new premises but a new letter from property managers on behalf of Aldi advised of the revised date.

Mrs Fitzroy said while most of the other tenants had moved or were in the process of leaving, she would stay on to give customers the best opportunity to shop in the busy lead-up to Christmas.

"I'm going to keep trading right up to the last weekend," Mrs Fitzroy said.

And while she has no firm idea where she might move her business to, she said the property managers did offer to help find a suitable location in the letter.

"I'm not sure at this stage what I'm going to do, I'm just focussing on moving out," she said.

Until recently the shopping centre was home to eight businesses, including the still operating Mitre 10 hardware, and two unoccupied spaces.

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