Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bring back the shops

Not the sort of images that make it onto Canberra's promotional materials, but interesting nonetheless. This photo was taken at Giralang shops, a local centre that was pretty much shut down seven years ago. The site has one owner, and there have been various plans to redevelop the site, either as shops, as apartments, or as a combination of the two. There have been objections, some from local residents, but mostly, it appears, from retail competitors in neighbouring areas, who were concerned about the possible inclusion of a larger supermarket such as Woolworths (there are specific size limits for supermarkets in local shopping centres).

According to the Canberra Times:
The approved proposal allows the centre's owners, the Nikias family, to develop a much smaller 1500sqm supermarket, which is more likely to attract an IGA or ALDI supermarket as its tenant.

The Planning Minister also approved four specialty shops at Giralang, a cafe, a restaurant, 100 underground car-parking spaces and more than 70 surface car-parking spaces.

It will be interesting to see the changes here over the coming months.


Gerald (SK14) said...

looks a bit forlorn - you still have Woolworths in Australia then!

karen said...

Woolworths and Coles are the 'big two', although I think Aldi has made a dent in their duopoly in the past few years, and probably Costco too in the areas where it's opened (only one store each in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra so far).