Pottsville shops make way for new
AN excavator moved in and demolished Pottsville's old butchery and fruit market yesterday morning.
They are set to be replaced by a new retail building housing a butcher and pharmacy.
Owner Tania Murdock said the new complex would be good for Pottsville.
She said a ground-level pharmacy would improve access for the elderly and the butcher would be extra large, taking up two shop spaces.
“A pharmacy running down on the ground will give the elderly far easier access than the existing one, where there is the need to walk up some stairs,” Mrs Murdock said.
There will also be two other shops, but Mrs Murdoch could not confirm their tenants yesterday, as talks were ongoing.
While there was some concern about the village losing a couple of its iconic buildings, Mrs Murdock said the new shops would be in keeping with the village's character.
“The new building will be keeping in character with the village; it is a fairly small-style building so I think it will enhance the town.
“We had people excited to see what was happening and what we were doing there (yesterday).”
The butcher who will move into the building has already set up a temporary store elsewhere in Pottsville, and Mrs Murdoch hoped construction would be finished by the end of the year.
Extra car parks will be created at the Coronation Avenue site.
Mrs Murdock said the family who used to run the old butchery told her they were moving on for family reasons.