Major changes planned in Lismore Central's $10m makeover
LISMORE Central Shopping Centre looks set to get a $10 million upgrade.
Centre manager David Griffith said they were planning to "brighten the old girl up a bit" with a complete internal and external refurbishment.
The centre was bought by Shopping Centres Australasia (SCA) Property Group from Woolworths just over a year ago and Mr Griffith said they were keen to make the centre a fresh food hub for Lismore.
"The landlord has looked at the demographic and wants to keep the point of difference with our main competitor, the Square, and go with a fresh food theme."
He said they were keen to keep downstairs retailers such as PJs Fruit & Veg, Country Meats and Bakers Delight and to include other new food outlets.
"We want people to come back every couple of days for their fresh food shopping," he said.
The exterior of the building will also get a major overhaul.
They are also hoping to attract a major tenant to the space being vacated by Luv a Coffee. SCA hopes to have a DA before Lismore Council in March and to start work in May or June and have everything completed by Christmas.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said it was "terrific news" for Lismore.
"It's true to say the centre is dated externally and looks pretty awful... It will be a boost to other shops in town," Cr Dowell said.
"It's great to see new businesses coming in, but it's also good to see existing businesses reinvesting.
"It will be great for local tradespeople and for that part of town, a real boost to surrounding shops."