New shops for Mur-bah



Former Sunrise car yard to be redevelopedONE of Murwillumbah's prime pieces of real estate, which has remained vacant for several years, could soon be home to six new shops including a takeaway food store and bottle shop.

Tweed Shire Council planning officers are considering minor amendments to approval given to the $800,000 complex last October.

The shops would face Wollumbin and Brisbane Streets in the heart of town on the vacant site once occupied by Sunrise used cars.

Applicant and owner of Murwillumbah Cellars in Main Street, Geoff Clifford, has had changes made to the original plans submitted in May last year to give the complex a "colonial look".

"The previous owners had an ultramodern design. We wanted to stick with the architectural style of Murwillumbah," Mr Clifford said.

He hopes construction can begin in August, with the new shops open for Christmas.

Mr Clifford plans to move his current bottle-shop to the new site, which he said would be have better exposure, accessibility and parking.

Previously the complex was to have seven shops. Under the amended plans it will have six, with the bottlo taking up the space previously planned for two shops.

Mr Clifford confirmed one other tenant would be a Subway franchise - sell- ing a range of fresh sandwich-style food. Only one other shop was still available for lease.

The shops will face Wollumbin and Brisbane Streets with a 22-space car park behind them, accessed from Proudfoot Lane.

The shops are the first new retail development in the heart of Murwillumbah since new shops were built adjacent to the Court House Hotel following a fire in the late 1990s.



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