Shopsto lift town
By PETER CATON
CONSTRUCTION work on the first new shops in Murwillumbah for a decade is due to get under way in just over a week.
The new million-dollar retail complex with sorely-needed parking space for shoppers is to be called Murwillumbah Central.
But the developer who is providing 22 parking spaces yesterday called on Tweed Shire Council to get on with the job of providing more public parking in the town.
The complex will be home to six shops - including two new takeaway food franchises estimated to create jobs for at least 40 young people.
It is to be built on the old Sunrise Ford car yard on the corner of Wollumbin and Brisbane Streets, opposite the Sunnyside Mall shopping centre.
Developer and proprietor of Murwillumbah Cellars Geoff Clifford said construction was due to start on January 9, taking about 14 weeks.
He hopes to relocate his Main Street bottle shop in mid-to-late April.
Going into other shops are a Domino's Pizza franchise, Subway sandwich-style food outlet and a specialist store selling soft-serve ice-cream, chocolates and gifts.
Mr Cliford said inquiries had been made to lease the remaining two stores.
"The reason we looked to relocate was that it allows us our own parking because parking is such an issue in the town," he said. "At least there we will have eight parking spots exclusive for the bottle shop and the other shops will have their own parking.
"That is what is making it so attractive. Parking is at a premium in Murwillumbah."
Mr Clifford said the council needed to urgently get on with the job of providing a planned twolevel car park behind the Commonwealth Bank.
He said Murwillumbah Central would have a colonial-style facade, blending in with much of the existing town archi- tecture.