Tweed’s biggest shopping centre is going to get bigger
TWEED'S biggest shopping centre is about to get a whole lot bigger.
Tweed City Shopping Centre is planning a major expansion and rumours are swirling that Myer may be the drawcard.
Work on the $50 million project could start as soon as June 2 next year, according to construction indus- try information provider, Cordell.
Tweed City developers Dexus Property Group is seeking a two-storey extension and re-zoning of residential areas which the group has snapped up on nearby Kirkwood Rd, according to a Cordell report.
Tweed Shire Councillor Warren Polglase is excited about the expansion, saying the Tweed needed a major shopping destination to ensure residents buy local and don't automatically head to Robina Town Centre to shop.
"Robina's got a shopping experience for the whole family," Cr Polglase said.
"The owners of Tweed City have realised they need to capture some of that market that's going to Robina.
"I think they're trying to attract people from Byron and Lismore as well."
Cr Polglase said with Tweed's population of 90,000 tipped to grow to 120,000, the Tweed City expansion was good forward planning.
"It's one of the reasons Kirkwood Rd's been done," he said, referring to the Pacific Hwy interchange under construction there.
"These guys (Tweed City) are the trendsetters; they're the major players and we must have bigger players setting the pace."
Cr Polglase said the results of Tweed City's application for re-zoning would be known "very soon".
Council planner Joshua Townsend confirmed several properties, including some along Kirkwood Rd, had been rezoned from medium density residential to general business following an amendment to the Tweed Local Environmental Plan in January.
Mr Townsend said the council was presented with an overview of the design concept several months ago but were not left with a copy "for reasons of commercial confidentiality".
"In addition to this amendment, council also resolved to increase the applicable building height across the Tweed City Shopping Centre site at its meeting of 31 May, 2013," Mr Townsend said.
Tweed City Shopping Centre marketing manager Megan Connellan said no development applications had been submitted.
"There hasn't been anything submitted to council but we are master- planning," she said.
Rumours have also been circulating the extension may include a pub in the car park and the return of department store Myer, which operated in Stuart St, Tweed Heads, decades ago.
A David Jones spokes- woman told the Daily News they understood their competitor was moving into Tweed.
But a spokeswoman for Myer said it wasn't on the cards: "We have no plans for a new store at Tweed Heads at this time."
Early planning documents state the expansion would be completed in March, 2016.
The Kirkwood Rd properties believed to be owned by Dexus are numbers 24-30, 38 and 42-52.