Changes to Rose City businesses
DRIVERS travelling on the Cunningham Highway in Warwick would not miss the speed at which development of Koremans Service Station is progressing.
The Daily News met with owner Sven Koremans for a sneak peek at the new BP forecourt, shop and adjoining stores.
Due for completion at the beginning of September, the six-month redevelopment was right on schedule, Mr Koremans said.
The service station itself will see a six-bowser outlet forecourt transformed into a 28-bowser outlet, which will cut customers’ waiting time significantly. The new high-flow pumps will allow the servo to cater for trucks too.
The BP Koremans shop itself will have a wider selection of food and bigger toilet facilities.
Mr Koremans, who has owned the service station for 10 years, said he wanted customers to have more choice and more convenience.
Work on the project started in February and, though Mr Koremans wouldn’t be drawn on a cost figure, he hopes the extensive redevelopment pays off.
On the site, he has also built two new units, one of which will house a bottle shop and the other a fish and tackle store.
The future tenant of the fish and tackle store, Jason Tattam, stopped by yesterday to check on the progress being made by local builders.
The 18 metre by 12 metre store is a large one and, even though it’s a new venture for Mr Tattam, he said he was sure he would be successful in filling a gap in the market.
Mr Koremans added: “It’s not just people going to the dams you get coming along this road. You get people travelling to Goondiwindi or even further – all the businesses are complimentary from that point of view.”
The basic structures of the shops are complete and builders are working on plastering, ceilings and installing air conditioning.
Installing the infrastructure for the new fuel pumps is a lengthy and expensive process, Mr Koremans said.
The most challenging part will come nearer to opening time when he tries to move into the new store while taking down the old property.
“We will try to keep the business operational as long as we can but we will need to suck it and see,” Mr Koremans said.
Changes are afoot in the Rose City business community.
It’s a truly international affair at Graeme Collins Automotive with the dealership adding Indian brand Mahindra to its list of vehicles on offer.
The multi-franchise dealership now offers an array of international big names including Subaru, Mitsubishi, Honda, Suzuki and Kia.
Mike Cruice said Mahindra would fill a gap in the market for a “true” four-wheel drive, workplace vehicles.
At present the dealership offers four wheel and two wheel drive single and dual cab models and will eventually stock a compact SUV.
Feel Good Fitness (formerly Vitality) on Palmerin Street is undergoing a five-stage opening with new owners in the driving seat.
The gym has been refurbished and repainted and a number of new classes are about to start this month, including a Zumba and Silver Sneakers class.
The owners say $250,000 worth of new equipment, sourced from the USA, will arrive in August. Following that a ladies’ suite will open before the official launch.
Fitzroy Street’s latest development is nearing its finishing stages, with an industrial supplies company believed to be the first to take up residence in Fitzroy Place.
Developer Graeme Collins said work was progressing and five other units were still available.
Warwick Chamber of Commerce president John Randall said he had noticed a lot of energy being put into the fit-out and was excited to see who the tenants would be.
“It’s good to see the use of that site,” Mr Randall said.
“It’s prime retail, close to Palmerin Street. The fit-out is top quality and, with the energy and investment going into it, I wouldn’t be surprised if a business is already agreed on a lease.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what will go in there.”
Potential residential investors have a chance to peek at properties at St George Springs Estate today between 10am and 11am.
Agent Stuart Wade said two new homes and new units would be open for viewing.
The first stage of the project is completely full, Mr Wade said. The second stage, due to start shortly, will consist of another 15 blocks. In the third stage, developers hope to build 50 to 60 blocks.
The empty unit beside Hungry Jack’s is still vacant and it is understood the company is still looking for tenants since previous interest in opening a bottle shop on site was quashed after liquor licensing conditions made it unviable for the investor.
Meanwhile a new food outlet, selling subs, is preparing to open its doors on Grafton Street, beside clothing store Lula Design and J Lyn’s Hair Studio.
Granite Belt Dental has now re-jigged its staff as a result of increasing demand in Warwick.
A New Zealand dentist will primarily treat local patients, with other staff from the practice visiting on a rotational basis.
The Jackie Howe Motel is still looking for someone to take over its lease.
The Daily News was unable to confirm rumours of a new Bunnings store opening in East Warwick.