Four months out of the action and not over yet

WHEN: An artist's impression of the Rose City Shoppingworld redevelopment.
WHEN: An artist's impression of the Rose City Shoppingworld redevelopment.

THE Rose City Shoppingworld food court development has taken months longer than originally expected, and those still to open their doors say they are feeling the financial pinch.

Earlier this week, the Rose City Carvery reopened after almost four months out of business.

Kebab Zone owner Jim Kebir has been waiting 17 weeks to reopen his popular food outlet. Last week Mr Kebir was asked to wait a further five weeks.

"It's been frustrating, our savings are being drained through rent and bills," he said.

"And Warwick misses us and we miss our customers.

"If I could go and open up today I would in a flash."

In March, the Daily News reported that Mr Kebir had been told his store would be closed for six to eight weeks.

On Tuesday the Daily News contacted McConaghy Group with nine detailed questions regarding the food court, inclduing the reason for the delays, ,new shops, public feedback and the possibility of providing remuneration for impacted tenants.

Yesterday McConaghy Group provided the following statement in response to the questions:

"McConaghy Group has completed the difficult expansion phase works to Rose City Shoppingworld's food court, with Rose City Carvery, Donut King, Red Rooster and Warwick Sushi all open for trade.

"The current seating arrangements are an interim step. The nature of the refurbishment requires that completion of final seating and shop fitouts are expected progressively."

Mr Kebir claims a mistake in construction had set the works back from the start.

"They put a wall where a door was supposed to be," he said.

"The council had to get involved and the plan and project changed again.

Mr Kebir said the new shop would be smaller and dearer.

"But it is exactly how we want it and we are now a Kebab Zone franchise.

"I was paying leasing fees, but head office understands the issue and has allowed me stop while we wait to open the shop."


Topics:  mcconaghy group rose city shoppingworld