New Ballina shops on deadline
By MARY MANN
BALLINA Fair centre manager Katrina Warren gets excited every morning when she comes to work.
And it is not just because she loves her job it is because every day the renovations and extensions to the shopping complex are a step closer to completion.
Work has been happening at the Fair since February but in recent weeks the changes have become obvious, with some safety fencing removed.
Construction work is due to be finished by the end of November, in time for the peak Christmas shopping period.
And there will be an extra 12 speciality shops from which to choose Christmas presents when the renovations are complete.
"There has been a lot of change. It's all very exciting," Ms Warren said.
"Every day when I come to work I see something new and more work has been done.
"It's looking great. Retailers and customers are very excited about the launch."
An official function will be held to celebrate the expanded shopping complex on November 24. There will be specials, competitions and Bob the Builder will be a guest. Ms Warren also thanked retailers and customers for their patience throughout the construction process.
The third cinema at Ballina Fair Cinemas was opened about a month ago.
And shops on the extended eastern side of the shopping centre have already opened their doors. Some of them are existing businesses which have relocated.
The piazza an outdoor seating area at the southern end of the centre is due to be completed by the end of this month, and the renovations of shops opposite Target should be completed by the end of October.
Ballina Fair was originally built in 1989 with one cinema, a supermarket and 26 speciality stores. Another 26 stores were added in 1998.