UNVEILING of the $33 million Co-Store redevelopment’s first phase yesterday capped off a week full of promising news for the future of Wangaratta’s central business district.
Amid opening festivities for the centre’s new Target store, which Co-Store owners are confident will draw shoppers from throughout the region as well as additional businesses, the city was still celebrating Wednesday’s State Government funding announcements aimed at rejuvenating the CBD.
Along with a $150,000 contribution to council’s CBD master plan, the State Government will provide $400,000 to transform the Wangaratta Comfort Station into a bicycle hub.
Both projects are expected to make the city’s centre a more attractive destination for locals and visitors, along with further development of the Co-Store and the Ovens Riverside precinct, and the much-anticipated multi-deck car park above Target, which also opened yesterday.
James Scremin, director of Prudential Commercial Investments (PCI) which owns the Co-Store, welcomed the CBD rejuvenation plans coming in the same week as the complex’s grand re-opening and said he looked forward to the results.
“I think it’s great for people to see things happening in Wangaratta,” Mr Scremin said.
Joyce Barry, wife of the late RJ Barry who was manager of the Co-Store for 30 years.
Nat Sullivan donned 1900s period costume to recognise the 1906 opening of the Co-Store.
Joyce Barry and Doug Ferguson hold the ribbon which was cut by James Scremin.
Abbey-Rose Turner enjoyed the children’s activities.
James Scremin, director Prudential Commercial Investments which owns the Co-Store.
Margaret Rumpff-Miles rides Wangaratta’s first escalator.
Bernie and Carolyn Cook were keen to check out Target.
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