RETAIL THERAPY: Lee-Anne Hanney, of Sydney, Sue Parker, of Ballina, and Chris Bentley, of Sydney, at the new Lismore Shopping S
RETAIL THERAPY: Lee-Anne Hanney, of Sydney, Sue Parker, of Ballina, and Chris Bentley, of Sydney, at the new Lismore Shopping S

Square deals impress

By BREE PRICE bprice@northernstar.com.au

SUE PARKER is so im- pressed with the new Lis- more Shopping Square the Ballina resident won't be driving to the Gold Coast or Brisbane again to do her retail shopping. But it's not only locals who are taken by the big- ger and better shopping complex that unveiled its $40 million extensions last Tuesday. Sydneysiders Chris Bent-

ley and Lee-Anne Hanney have been visiting Ms Park- er and say the Square is as good as, if not better than, shopping centres in their home town. "I'm impressed," Ms Hanney said. "We came here for Big W and they have a new self-serve checkout. "It's the first time we have seen anything like it. We were surprised we saw it in Lismore ? we thought we'd see it in Sydney first." Ms Parker said she liked the diversity offered by the revamped shopping centre. "I used to go up to the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Now it's great. I can stay down around here," she said. Lismore Shopping Square developer Jim McConaghy said yesterday he was thrilled with the public's re- sponse to the new and im- proved centre. Mr McConaghy couldn't disclose the number of people who have visited the Square since the extensions

were opened last week, but said the number of people through the doors was up 250 per cent. He said at the centre's peak times on Saturday, 4000 people were visiting the complex every hour. "We're very pleased people have accepted it the way they have," Mr McCon- aghy said. "It shows it's not just Lismore supporting us, but the whole region as well. "I think it's gone off ex- tremely well."



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