Food hall for new Towers

Jon SolmundsonGeraldton Guardian

Town Towers, soon to be refurbished as The Gerald, will host a food court with up to 10 outlets which may be completed as early as August if the developer’s plans come together.

Ray White Geraldton is seeking expressions of interest from vendors who may wish to set up in the new location, a portion of the Towers’ ground floor facing out towards Chapman Road.

City of Greater Geraldton council approval for an alfresco dining area outside the proposed food court has already been received, and the plan is to have the specific outlets locked in by around April.

Other plans for the redevelopment include a full-sized restaurant or cafe and conference space for up to 450 people, also on the ground floor, as well as 40 rooms for short-stay accommodation in the tower itself and a sundowner- style entertainment space on the second floor deck.

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Ray White Geraldton manager Peter Sukiennik said the food court and other facilities at would bring more people into the centre of town, and increase the business for other shops in the area rather than taking away from them. “It will be a conference centre, food hall, and meeting space,” he said.

“Now that people (in Geraldton) are actually getting an idea, a taste of what inner city living is, they’ll come in and walk over from their shopping trips.

“You know the old story — my kids like Maccas but I hate it, so now I’ve got this food hall across the way with all kinds of choice: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, the whole lot.”

Mr Sukiennik said people wouldn’t need more parking than existed now because there were already bays around the area and along the foreshore, and the building itself also had around 100 parking bays on top.

He said the food court would likely be a BYO venue.

Mr Sukiennik can be contacted on 0418 939 013. Expressions of interest close on April 28 at 4pm.

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