DEMOLITION of shops in Byron Bay's Woolies Plaza will start next week to make way for a new shopping centre incorporating a new Woolworths supermarket and cinema.
In a statement. developer Azzura Corporation International has announced the start of works at the site, saying the Mercato on Byron shopping centre would be "the most environmentally friendly retail development in regional New South Wales".
Azzura said it would time construction works to avoid inconveniencing people during the busy holiday period, with the new centre expected to open in February.Among the tenants, apart from Woolies, would be Palace Cinemas, which runs the existing cinema complex and will take over the new nine-screen facility, celebrated Lennox Head photographer Craig Parry, who was expected to open a gallery, and a second Fresh cafe.
Broadly, the new centre was expected to have "a mix of entertainment, groceries, cafes and restaurants with a focus on creating a family friendly centre".
Azzura said it already had strong interest from potential tenants for the centre.
Leasing agents were being marketed through Raine and Horne agent Sophie Christo.