From Fords to fast food

New focus for Murwillumbah second-hand car lot

IT was once the place in Murwillumbah to buy a second-hand Ford.

Now it could become the place to buy a first-rate sandwich.

The old Sunrise Ford second-hand car yard on the corner opposite Sunnyside Shopping Centre and the historic Regent Theatre is set for a revamp.

After several years of laying idle, the vacant site is set to reinvigorate the heart of the town with a block of shops, rumoured to include a Subway fresh take-away food outlet or similar.

Tweed Shire Council development manager Garry Smith said approval for shops on the site, fronting both Wollumbin and Brisbane streets, with access from Proudfoot lane had been granted last October by council planning staff after the project met all the necessary criteria.

However no construction certificate had yet been issued and use of the shops by various businesses would require further development approval.

The development approval had been sought by Pottsville Waters developer Peter Krekelberg, Mr S and Mr R Papadopoulos and locally-listed company Hobwagah Holdings Pty Ltd.

Neither Mr Krekelberg or the others could be contacted for comment.

But the development would coincide with other new shops about to be built around Murwillumbah.

The former Simmo's supermarket at Condong was recently bulldozed to make way for new retail premises while a shopping complex with supermarket is to be built on the site of the old Norco butter factory at South Murwillumbah.

The old concrete-block Simmo's building was once at the heart of a small retail hub in Condong which included the current Liquorland barn, a motel and service station.

The Simmos building has been demolished following council approval for subdivision of the site into three lots of land, two fronting the road and a third housing a machinery workshop behind the former supermarket.

Mr Smith said all new blocks would continue to be zoned for commerce and trade, which usually allowed bulkygoods retailing.

Work is continuing on the proposed Riverside Heritage Market shopping centre on the site of the old Norco depot.

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