Slow and steady, the Co-store redevelopment is bowling along
IT may seem like little progress is being made on a multi-million dollar redevelopment of Wangaratta icon, the Co-store, but there is still plenty of work going on behind the scenes.
The old hardware store at the back of the historic building has been taken apart bit by bit, while the nearby Jivin Jelly Fish former premises will be the next to go.
A council planning application will soon be lodged to start stage one of the project, which includes 1000sqm of retail space on the ground floor, a bowling alley on top and an underground expansion of an existing tenant.
Negotiations are also continuing for a major tenant for the site, which will determine if stage two, comprising further retail space and either underground or decked car parking, will go ahead.
The Co-store co-owner, John Coxhell, said it would be December or January before any major works would be seen at the Ovens and Reid streets shopping precinct.
“It’s been going along slowly and we’ve been getting things cleaned up,” he said.
“It doesn’t look like much is happening, but