COFFEE PLEASE: The team who will be on hand at Gloria Jean?s Coffees, opening soon in the new Lismore Shopping Square complex,
COFFEE PLEASE: The team who will be on hand at Gloria Jean?s Coffees, opening soon in the new Lismore Shopping Square complex,

Sneak peek at Square?s shops

THE LAST licks of paint have been applied to the walls of the $40-million Lismore Shopping Square redevelopment and the cat's out of the bag.

We can now give you a sneak preview of some of the 35 new shops opening on September 20.

Some of the recognisable new names going into the centre include Big W and Woolworths, a McDonalds McCafe, popular surf clothing retailer City Beach, a Coffee Club, Wallace Bishop Jeweller and Brumby's Bakery.

Developer Jim McConaghy isn't telling exactly who else has taken up residence in the 15,000-square-metre centre.

Sharon Palmer, who takes over management of the Lismore Shopping Square Newsagency today, said existing shopkeepers in the centre had no inkling of what specialty shops were opening.

"It's all been kept a secret behind closed doors," Ms Palmer said.

"We've been kept in the dark and I think they're trying to build up the surprise.

"But it's been worth losing business during the construction period because it will be terrific for us in the long run."

A new McDonalds will open as a McCafe. The nearby Brewster Street McDonalds will not close as a result.

Management of the existing McDonalds said it was unlikely to affect their business.

Mary Rose Barnes, co-owner of the new Gloria Jean's Coffees in the Square, said even the new shopkeepers were unaware about who their neighbours would be.

"I honestly don't know who the other shops are, it's been very cloak and dagger," she said. "It's a huge excitement though and we are very much looking forward to opening and finding out who else is there."

Ms Barnes is one of the 35 shopkeepers who have created new job opportunities for the city of Lismore, which has one of the highest unemployment levels in the State.

So far she has employed six junior staff and 12 senior staff to work in Gloria Jean's Coffees.

Centre management has refused to allow any media inside the new part of the centre, but say all will be revealed at the grand opening on September 20.

Take a look inside the Square

Gloria Jean's Coffees

Vision Eyewear

Big W

McDonalds McCafe

Woolworths

City Beach

Coffee Club

Priceline Pharmacy

Brumby's Bakery

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Wallace Bishop Jewellers



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