20 years in the Rose City

Warwick Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - So­phie Lester

A NEW era at Rose City Shop­ping­world is be­gin­ning but long-serv­ing staff have been grow­ing nos­tal­gic.

Yes­ter­day marked 20 years since McCon­aghy Group opened the cen­tre, in­vest­ing $30 mil­lion into the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve seen the cen­tre con­tinue to grow ev­ery year since then,” Big W staff mem­ber Deb Brad­field said.

We look back on the decades since the cen­tre opened, and what’s still to come for War­wick shop­pers.

AFTER 20 years of the Rose City Shop­ping­world, the fu­ture of the cen­tre is look­ing bright.

At least two new stores are set to open by the end Oc­to­ber as part of the

$40 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment by McCon­aghy Group.

Rose City Fruits is set to open its doors next to Rose City Premium Meats, part of a plan to bring a “fresh food zone” to the new-look shop­ping cen­tre.

Owner Justin van Twest said after more than 12 months of the store be­ing in the works, he looked for­ward to see­ing the fruits of his labours pay­ing off.

“My wife, Lau­ren, and I have just had our first baby, Cooper, who’s one month old,” Mr van Twest said.

“She’s from Boonah so her fam­ily’s not too far from War­wick and I was born into

fruit shops with my grand­par­ents, un­cle and fa­ther all own­ing shops in Mel­bourne.

“I also used to come to War­wick quite a lot to race at Mor­gan Park and we’d heard there was no fruit shop in the shop­ping cen­tre and thought it might be some­thing the lo­cals needed

and we wanted to bring some­thing new.

“It’s been a long, slow process but we’ve picked up our uni­forms. The fit out is start­ing on Mon­day and we’re hop­ing to be in by the end of Oc­to­ber.”

Mr van Twest said Rose City Fruits was al­ways the in­tended name of the store.

“It just ties in re­ally nicely with the cen­tre and the butcher next door,” he said.

“We want to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity as much as we can, be­cause we need their sup­port, so sourc­ing lo­cal pro­duce is a pri­or­ity.

“We’re still in the process of get­ting oth­ers prod­ucts, but we’ve got 4Real Milk from the Scenic Rim and En­tice with Spice herbs and spices from Toowoomba on board.”

Rose City Shop­ping­world mar­ket­ing man­ager Louise de Lissa said a bak­ery was also likely to open but she could not con­firm where the store would be lo­cated in the cen­tre.

Mrs de Lissa said at least five spe­cialty stores were set to open in the new mall, in­clud­ing sun­glasses re­tailer Bright Eyes.

A spokes­woman for the brand con­firmed the store was sched­uled to open by Oc­to­ber 18.

“We’re ex­cited to have them on board as they sell more than just sun­nies and will have some ac­ces­sories as well,” Mrs de Lissa said.

“They will be in the mall op­po­site Lowes and the Re­ject Store will move over to the new mall area. The fit out for their new space should be about six weeks.”


LOOK TO THE FU­TURE: Shop­pers are excitedly await­ing de­vel­op­ments at Rose City Shop­ping­world as the cen­tre marks 20 years since open­ing.

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