ON TARGET: Kawana Shoppingworld’s upgrade on course for a mid-June completion, says owner Mirvac.
ON TARGET: Kawana Shoppingworld’s upgrade on course for a mid-June completion, says owner Mirvac. Brett Wortman

Not everyone's happy with new Kawana Shoppingworld

LOCAL shoppers are counting down the days until the new-look Kawana Shoppingworld is unveiled.

The $73 million redevelopment is expected to be completed mid-June, although some stores will open earlier.

But not everyone is happy with the changes.

Sharon Soden has shopped at the centre for 23 years.

She said the redevelopment had been "a bit of a shemozzle", pointing to the changes in parking and repeated changes to the location of the shopping centre entrance during construction.

"I think the people have been forgotten. It's an old area and there's a lot of oldies here," she said.

The Buddina woman said she kept going to the centre to support the shop owners, but knew many people who had found alternatives.

"I know so many people who are going to Currimundi Marketplace instead," she said.

"All my neighbours aren't coming here anymore.

"It saddens me; it was a lovely shopping centre."

Mrs Soden believed the new layout of the carpark was confusing and said she had seen a number of near misses between drivers.

"This is dumb, there is going to be a major accident," she said.

"I think people will get fed up and stop coming to Kawana."

However, Meg Shaw said she travelled from her home in Mountain Creek to Kawana Shoppingworld because it was convenient.

"It suits me, I prefer it to the (Sunshine) Plaza," she said.

"I have trouble getting a park there."

Mrs Shaw said she had not been inconvenienced by the redevelopment.

A Mirvac spokeswoman said the centre had been able to maintain more than 1200 parking spaces during the development.

"More parking will come online progressively as civil works are finished," she said.

The new fashion and Aldi malls were currently under construction, as was the casual dining precinct, the spokeswoman said.

Kawana Shoppingworld redevelopment facts

Construction began late 2012 and will be completed mid-June

8,900 square metres will be added to the floor space

573 new jobs created in the construction and retail industries

200 extra car parks will be created

When complete, the new-look centre will house 60 new stores, an Aldi supermarket and a casual dining precinct with alfresco dining


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