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Major expansion plans for a Coast shopping center

A six theater cinema, tavern and a range of new specialty stores are part major expansion plans for a Coast shopping center.

Stockland this week lodged a new application with Sunshine Coast Council to increase the size of its Caloundra Shopping Centre from 15,830sqm to 23,153sqm.

The expansion will adjoin the eastern and western sides of First Avenue, with the cinema, pub and new food outlets to take out the block bounded by it, Mayes Avenue, Second Avenue and Oval Avenue. That block is currently filled with homes.

Stockland had already gained approval in 2014 to develop the centre but the company’s regional development manager, John White, said those plans had been changed.

“This revised development design is in response to the changing wants and needs of our customers,” Mr White said.

He said the project was intended to provide the Caloundra community with a vibrant entertainment and dining precinct.

Bells Creek couple Chris Scott and Stephanie Skilton were excited by the expansion prospect. They agreed the Caloundra centre needed updating.

“We would come down here more if it was better,” Mr Scott said.

He said they usually drove to shopping centres further north.

“It (Caloundra) doesn’t compare at the moment.”

Caloundra West resident Jessica Combe said she too would be encouraged to shop more often at Caloundra if the centre was improved.

“I think it is a great idea,” Ms Combe said.

“I would love to stay and shop locally rather than go up to Kawana for a larger shop.”

She said she liked Bulcock Street’s specialty stores and hoped the existing Caloundra Bigscreen Cinemas would not be too badly affected by the proposed new option.

“I do like the Caloundra one (cinema) because it is small and affordable.”

Mr White said he expected to be able to announce more details on start times as the development application progressed with the council.

“Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre would remain fully operational during the redevelopment program, with all work carefully scheduled and coordinated to minimise disruption to customers and retailers,” Mr White said.

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