$3m facelift for Coles/Kmart
MORE than $3 million will be spent on improvements and additions to the Coles/Kmart shopping centre if the project is approved by Ballina Shire Council.
Part of the planned renovations would include dem- olishing the existing liquor store next to the supermarket to make way for a ‘liquor superstore’.
The new liquor store would be more than five times bigger than the existing one.
If it gets the green light, it will be the second alcohol retail giant in Ballina.
Last week, the Ballina council gave consent for the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group to build a Dan Murphy’s store next to the Westower Tavern at West Ballina.
Each Dan Murphy’s store stocks more than 4000 items.
However, BBC Consulting Planners, in a report to the council on behalf of the owners of the Coles/Kmart shopping centre, said a bigger liquor store would have no ‘adverse social impacts’.
The report stated that Coles was an ‘experienced and responsible operator of liquor stores’.
The Ballina Coles/Kmart shopping centre was built in 1983.
Other proposed changes to the centre include a reduction of floor space in the Kmart store to allow the Coles supermarket to be enlarged.
The Kmart Auto building would be also demolished and rebuilt in the western end of the car park.
There also would be a new cafe or coffee shop provided, new toilets and an extension of the rear loading dock.
The shopping centre, which is on the corner of Fox and Kerr streets, would also get shade structures in the central part of the car park.
The Coles/Kmart complex is one of three retail centres in the immediate area, with Ballina Central adjacent to it and Ballina Fair across the road.
BBC Consulting Planners said the upgrades to the shopping centre would ‘complement, consolidate and reinforce the role of the Kerr Street retail precinct’.
“The proposed new premises will result in an increase in employment opportunities in the immediate locality and provide increased customer choice and, as such, will have positive economic benefits,” the statement of environmental effects report states.
“Relocation of the toilet block will considerably improve the amenity of the site for the general public.”