EXCLUSIVE: Abandoned shops to open for business
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
Sneak peek: Foodworks store owner Manami Sall and Foodworks NSW/ACT new business manager John Hyslop believe the rejuvenated shopping centre at Bidwill won’t be targeted by graffiti vandals. “I think we’ll get more support than spray cans,” Mr Hyslop said. Picture: Gene RamirezTHE wait for long-suffering Bidwill residents is almost over.
After years of having to travel elsewhere for groceries, the once-abandoned shopping centre is getting set to reopen.
Foodworks NSW/ACT new business manager John Hyslop and store owner Manami Sall invited the Star to check out the supermarket last week, where many shelves are already stocked ahead of its February 18 opening.
The faded Carlisle Plaza sign is gone, replaced with Foodworks signage.
Centre owner Ralph Tompkins is currently based in Sydney to oversee the rejuvenation.
Most of the 25 staff are locals and the store will have a dedicated Pacific Island food aisle.
Another five businesses have signed leases including a hairdresser, $2 shop, newsagent, the existing kebab shop and a bakery, which is due to open March.
Negotiations for a medical centre, chemist and Subway store are ongoing.
Mr Hyslop said it had taken seven years to find the right retailers.
“People are scared of Bidwill and think the area is like it was 30 years ago,” Mr Hyslop said.
“But things have changed. This is a good thing for Bidwill. We hope the centre will be in full operation within nine months.”
Word is spreading about Foodworks opening.
“Some people were initially cautious because they’ve heard it all before,” Mr Hyslop said.
“But we also have people dropping by every day, wanting to have a look.”
Mr Hyslop has a personal connection to the centre.
He grew up in North St Marys and his first job as a teenager was collecting trolleys for the supermarket, then known as Half Case.
Federal Chifley MP Ed Husic has been in discussions with centre owners to campaign for the reopening on behalf of frustrated residents.
“For far too long, local residents have been deprived of a basic service that almost every modern-day suburb has access to — a shopping centre,” he said.
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