Maryborough's Station Square talks hitting Target

THE dream of an expansion for Maryborough's Station Square is far from over, with Green Group director Shaun Green revealing he'll be in talks with Target later this week.

The centre has seen several stores move or close their doors, leading to questions over the future of the long-awaited development.

But Mr Green said the changes would not affect the expansion, which was very much a priority.

With the closure of Homeart, which shut after going into liquidation earlier this year, it is believed Wide Bay Australia will move into the vacated space.

There has also been speculation that Priceline Pharmacy would move next to Coles in the section currently occupied by Sports Power.

That section was to be a temporary installation which would be removed when the expansion of the centre went ahead, but the decision to move long-time tenants Priceline into the space put a question mark over the future development of the centre.

But Mr Green said it had not been confirmed whether Priceline would move, and reassured shoppers that the two upgrades of the centre were still very much on the cards, with the council already having approved the $25 million dollar expansion of the western side of the complex.

"Everything is still on track," Mr Green said.

Mr Green said he would soon have a meeting with Target, one of the stores that will be included in the new development.

A rooftop car park and 12 speciality stores are also expected to form part of the western expansion.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he knew the development had faced some difficulties, because of the cost of necessary upgrades to state-owned roads and intersections near the shopping centre.

But Cr O'Connell said the approval, which was given more than 12 months ago, was still in place, describing the intended expansion as a significant investment in the region.

"I hope it does progress," Cr O'Connell said.

He said he understood it was a difficult time for retailers, as evidenced by the recent closure of Boltons Furniture, one of Maryborough's oldest businesses.

But the willingness of Green Group to proceed with the expansion was a vote of confidence in the region, Cr O'Connell said.

Cr O'Connell said retail was one of the top three industries on the Fraser Coast and that new retailers would bring new jobs.

"I applaud retailers," Cr O'Connell said, adding that a lot of retailers included small business owners who were crucial to the city's economy.

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