New shopping village gets the green light
By NERIDA BLOK
GARRY DAWSON is ready to do business.
His IGA supermarket at Goonellabah's new Eastpoint Shopping Village is open from today.
Mr Dawson said he had been ready two weeks ago, but like other village tenants, had been waiting on official approval.
The go ahead came late yesterday afternoon from appointed certifiers, Mark Norris and Associates.
Mr Dawson said he wanted to forget his agonising wait and loss of thousands of dollars.
"I don't want to go backwards, I just want to look forward and get customers and sales through the doors," he said.
"I want to make the centre a positive part of the community."
However, Eastpoint Shopping Village director Peter Burge yesterday denied there was an opening delay.
"Building was only finished yesterday," he said.
Mr Burge said issues related to complications which had to be sorted out with Lismore City Council, which was responsible for ensuring roadworks at the Holland Street and Bruxner Highway corner, had been resolved satisfactorily.
"We chose to resolve this issue two weeks ago one week early," he said.
He said village tenants had been kept fully appraised of the situation.
"Because we couldn't predict when we would sort out our problem, they were getting frustrated and concerned that the delay may be in weeks rather than days," he said.
"But we're happy to have it open finally."
Subway owner Jon O'Rourke agreed. "We'll be open 7am on Monday," he said.
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