On track: The AusDevelopments shopping centre in Kyogle’s main street starts to take shape as construction enters its third week.
On track: The AusDevelopments shopping centre in Kyogle’s main street starts to take shape as construction enters its third week. Jay Cronan

New Kyogle IGA to share complex

CONSTRUCTION of a new 2200 square metre shopping centre in Kyogle is on track to ensure the Kyogle shopping dollar is kept at home.

The shopping centre, which will include a Ritchie's IGA, is in its third week of an estimated 24-week build by Hutchinson Builders for Gold Coast developer AusDevelopements.

According to AusDevelopents managing director Nigel Mercer, the independent grocery store will share the site with a Lennard's Chicken store, Ritchie's Liquor Store and Eagle Boys Pizza outlet.

“We were happy to announce this week that Eagle Boys Pizza has committed to a 95 square metre ‘city-sized' store',” Mr Mercer said.

“In the next four to five weeks the shopping centre's panels are expected to be up. Kyogle will start to see the shopping centre as part of the horizon soon.”

Mr Mercer said Hutchinson Builders was chosen for the job because it was a financially secure, experienced outfit that was expected to deliver on time, ruling out bad weather.

He said Hutchison also used local suppliers wherever possible and employed local people.

“We want the money to stay in Kyogle as much as possible,” Mr Mercer said.

“There is a leakage of grocery business from Kyogle to Lismore and Casino, and there is a desire to recapture that business.”

Mr Mercer said that Ritchie's IGA had bought the liquor licence of the Kyogle Bottle Shop on the Summerland Way.

“Having a Ritchie's IGA is great for the local community,” he said.

In 2008, the Gold Coast developer lodged a development application for the shopping centre.

The process was drawn out due to floods in January that forced a change in the aspect of the development.

The flood level was higher than expected and the building plans had to be raised by half a metre.

In 2008, AusDevelopments also became embroiled in a war of words with opponents of the demolition of art deco buildings to make way for a proposed supermarket in Kyogle's main street.



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