News

Mixed reaction to new Woolworths

Construction is under way on a new Woolworths at Cabarita.
Construction is under way on a new Woolworths at Cabarita. John Gass

WITH the construction of a new Woolworths complex at Cabarita Beach in full swing, many local business owners are concerned over the impact it will have on trade.

A Woolworths spokesperson has, however, pointed out that it will bring a boost for local employment.

The Caba Bakehouse has its doors open for customers from before sunrise to long after sunset.

Its owner feels the bakery will lose a lot of trade to Woolworths.

"The construction will impact heavily on the local economy from a small business perspective," she said.

Owner of The Blue Rose Cafe Bruce Miller said he could see the pros and cons of the development.

"Personally, I think it's great," he said.

"But as a cafe, I won't be affected as much as other businesses such as the bakery and the butcher.

"It will be good for some and bad for others.

"I'm sure our milkman will be greatly affected if Woolworths sells cut-price milk."

Milk vendor Richard Griffith said all businesses would be affected by the new shopping centre.

"We will all feel the pinch," he said.

"Big companies like Woolworths put little back into the town.

"You have to ask how much is going back into the community as it does with small family businesses."

Cabarita resident Carla Rayworth said the complex which includes a string of shops would "ruin the village atmosphere."

Fellow resident Renee Gibson takes her children to the childcare centre behind the Woolworth's site in Hastings Road.

"With a big, new car park and increased traffic, I'm really concerned about child safety," she said.

Staff at the Cabarita butcher shop say they want to be positive about the development.

"It could be great for the town, especially for the elderly who don't drive," one staff member said.

"There's good and bad in everything.

"But I do worry about the increased traffic flow and its impact on an already faulty pedestrian crossing.

"It could get very hectic in Cabarita."

He said there was already 10 empty shops in the seaside town.

"I wonder why the developers would build more.

"But perhaps it will bring more people in and help the local economy.

"Time will tell."

A Woolworths spokesperson said development was progressing well and would bring jobs.

"We are on track to open in the first half of 2013," she said.

"The site will include a 2500sqm supermarket, around eight specialty retail stores, a BWS and a basement car park.

"Between 100-120 positions will be created during construction with a further 120 available for the local community post construction.

"The centre will deliver a convenient shopping destination for the local community with great value and choice.

"The new shopping supermarket and shopping centre will help keep shoppers and spending in Cabarita and we've spoken with a number of local small businesses who fullysupport it."

Topics:  cabarita woolworths



Gig guide: What's on in the Tweed music scene

Legendary group the Violent Femmes play Twin Towns on Friday night.

Violent Femmes and Pseudo Echo headline week ahead

Being beachside at Pottsville

House of the Week - 130 Overall Drive, Pottsville NSW.

Check out this week's feature property.

Kingscliff's draft height limits could be too small

Councillor James Owen questions the heigh limits of the Kingscliff Localilty Plan.

Kingscliff Locality Plan questioned by Tweed councillor.

Local Partners

Terranora Lakes Country Club fire prompts calls for a fix

Another blaze has broken out at the derelict Terranora Lakes Country Club, prompting calls for the owner to fix the site or sell it.


Future Islands gear up for Splendour gig

Future Islands is an American synthpop band composed of Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars), and Samuel T. Herring (lyrics and vocals).

Their new album is "music from the heart than from the mind".

Brand new music evolves with Country superstar

Adam Brand's 33 date national tour is underway.

Australia's Country favourite hits the road

Gig Guide: Big weekend of music ahead

John Paul Young plays Twin Towns on Saturday night.

What's happening on the Tweed?

Gig guide: What's on in the Tweed music scene

Big bands a highlight in week of great music

MOVIE REVIEW: LEGO Batman best caped crusader yet

A scene from the movie The Lego Batman Movie.

Nana! Nana! Nana! Nana! Nana! Batman!

Future Islands gear up for Splendour gig

Future Islands is an American synthpop band composed of Gerrit Welmers (keyboards and programming), William Cashion (bass, acoustic and electric guitars), and Samuel T. Herring (lyrics and vocals).

Their new album is "music from the heart than from the mind".

MOVIE REVIEW: Power Rangers way out of their league

Becky G., Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, and RJ Cyler in a scene from the movie Power Rangers.

A Lego action figure is capable of running rings around teen misfits

Bliss N Eso announce a stack of regional tour dates

Aussie rappers Bliss N Eso are hitting the road in May for a 27-date national tour.

AUSSIE rappers hitting the road in May with new album.

Scarlett Johansson reveals the huge roles she’s lost out on

Scarlett Johansson greets fans at the Japan World Premiere of the movie Ghost In The Shell.

GHOST in the Shell star shares ups and downs of Hollywood.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life puts Alien’s Ridley Scott on notice

Rebecca Ferguson in a scene from the movie Life.

RYAN Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson star in epic sci-fi thriller.

Being beachside at Pottsville

House of the Week - 130 Overall Drive, Pottsville NSW.

Check out this week's feature property.

Luxury hotel expands $400m water park development

Developer to push on with second stage of massive new water park

Dalwood waterfall up for sale

Two people have died at Dalwood Falls, Ballina.

How would you like to own your very own waterfall?

House prices up as Tweed lures buyers

The Tweed lifestyle is attracting plenty of buyers to the region.

Casuarina keeps top spot in strong market.

Beach bliss in Rainbow Bay

22/265 Boundary St, Rainbow Bay

Have a look at the house of the week.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!