Ballina arcade’s $2 million transformation
THE $2 million transformation of Ballina's Wigmore Arcade into the town's new epicentre of healthy food and living is almost complete.
Work on the final touches to the refurbishment of the arcade will start on Monday, with the replacement of the roof and restoration of the awning over the shops facing River St.
There's now only one vacant shop remaining, with Belle Central Cafe opening its doors today and other new tenants including Nourish Health Foods, and natural medicine clinic L'Alchimiste.
Belle Central co-owner Kyla Baldwin said her team was ecstatic to have opened their first Ballina CBD cafe following the huge success of the original Belle General at Shelly Beach.
The chic eatery will offer an all-day menu with the concept of fast, fresh, and healthy food and continuing the "local and sustainable produce" ethos of the original.
Lunches will include fresh daily salads and vegetable specials alongside such mouth-watering proteins such as slow roast lamb, salmon, and roast chicken.
Then there's breakfast options such as the Belle granola smoothie bowl with acai, the Nourish bowl with herb quinoa buckwheat and brown rice, roast broccoli, baby beet, sweet potato, avocado, sesame and almond hummus.
The Belle Central will also include all the delectable cabinetry goods from the Belle bakehouse, with gluten free dairy free and refined sugar free items in abundance such as the toasted coconut date and fig loaf.
Ballina Shire Council's commercial services manager, Paul Tsikleas, said it was exciting to be finishing off the Wigmore Arcade redevelopment.
During the awning works, scaffolding will be installed on the footpath in River St.
A number of car spaces have also been allocated in front of the works in River St for the work site, so drivers are being reminded to use the two-hour parking in the Wigmore carpark in Tamar St and four-hour parking in the carpark adjacent.
"We've planned these works to minimise inconvenience for shoppers and retailers in the Ballina town centre," Mr Tsikleas said.
"Shops will be opening as per normal.
"If you haven't dropped into the Wigmore Arcade recently, please take the opportunity to do so and enjoy the gourmet foods on offer, fine eateries and friendly retailers.
"New retail opportunities are emerging across all our town centres due to the recent upswing in tourism in the shire."
Anyone interested in leasing the remaining shop on River St can contact the council's commercial services unit on 6686 1239.
The roofing works are anticipated to take approximately 12 weeks (weather dependent) and be completed over a number of stages.