New shops for Byron
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
BYRON BAY will have a new shopping centre by Christmas. Byron Shire Council has granted approval for the su- permarket and nine special- ity shops to be built at Sun- rise Beach by the Latitude Development Group. The Latitude company is responsible for building a swag of commercial build- ings in Byron Bay, includ- ing the Beachcomber, Eco- Beach, Gosamara and Beaches resorts along Shir- ley Street, and professional suites along Jonson and Marvel streets. Latitude director Chris Thompson said construction of the new shopping village on an 8000 square metre site on the corner of Bay- shore Drive and Sunrise Boulevarde would begin by June, and was expected to be completed by Christmas. The new village, to be named either Sunrise Vil- lage or Sunrise Shopping Centre, will comprise one major supermarket about three-quarters the size of Woolworths, Byron Bay, as
well as nine speciality shops which will include a bakery, doctor's surgery, pharmacy, bottle shop and newsagency. Latitude has not yet named the supermarket chain to operate from the new site. "The centre will offer an alternative to driving into Byron Bay," Mr Thompson said. "Sometimes you can wait half an hour along Ewingsdale Road just to get into town." The shopping village will cater for residents from By- ron Bay, Sunrise, Bangalow, Tyagarah and Mullumbim- by. It will also become the 'primary source' for resi- dents of the new North By- ron precinct created when Becton develops its holiday- home village at Belongil. Mr Thompson said that on completion, the centre would provide dozens of job opportunities for local people. "There will be employ- ment for 20-plus people as it is being constructed, with about 80 permanent jobs when all the shops and the supermarket open," he said.
SET TO GO: Latitude Development Group project manager Chris Thompson inspects the new shopping village site, situated in Bayshore Drive at Byron Bay. Picture: MARC STAPELBERG