7 new Toowoomba things almost ready to open

THE Toowoomba region is in the midst of a major facelift, with development turning vacant buildings into new entertainment areas, redeveloping old sites and creating entirely new precincts.

Franchises are being enticed to the Garden City to pair with new restaurants and outlets opening.

The Mills Precinct artist impression.
The Mills Precinct artist impression. Contributed

1. The Mills Precinct

SITUATED in the heart of the Toowoomba CBD, The Mills Precinct will showcase one of Australia's unique pieces of history; the Allied Mills site.

Re-development of the iconic site at 250-291 Ruthven St is being driven by tenant requirements, with a Toowoomba car wash business Beans and Bubbles Café Carwash planned to be the first to open at the site.

Commercial director of sales and leasing at McGrath Commercial Drew Camm said the framing and shopfront design will begin opposite to the Spotted Cow on Ruthven St in the next fortnight.

He said the carwash would be open by the end of May.

"We're on track for a 400sq m office space that will include a brand new refit that mixes a blend of the old factory with the new," he said.

Mr Camm said a bulk goods furniture retailer was also in the final negotiation stage and would look to open in the coming months.

Visit www.themillsprecinct.com.au.

Muller Bros will be a rooftop restaurant and bar in the Bell St Mall, the inspiration for the name comes from the original name of the historic building.
Muller Bros will be a rooftop restaurant and bar in the Bell St Mall, the inspiration for the name comes from the original name of the historic building. Kevin Farmer

2. Muller Bros

OWNERS behind the Bell St Mall restaurant, café and rooftop cocktail bar Muller Bros have revealed they hope to be open by late May.

The Brazilian-themed business will host an imported Genovese coffee blend in the café, a meat smoker to cook on in the restaurant, and cocktail options upstairs in the bar.

Co-owner Jeremy Hardy said he was keen to get Muller Bros running as soon as possible.

The new venue was named Muller Bros to pay homage to heritage behind the Bell St Mall building at 25-27 Bell St Mall.

An artist's impression of the new Walton Stores development with Annand St on the left and a laneway on the right.
An artist's impression of the new Walton Stores development with Annand St on the left and a laneway on the right.

3. Walton Stores

WALTON Stores are welcoming the next round of food outlets as the development surges ahead, with plans to be open by September.

Burger store Hello Harry will join Vietnamese restaurant Junk as well as a third diner, expected to be a Japanese restaurant.

The development has already seen Westpac and Full of Life Organics move to the multi-million dollar development on Ruthven St site.

SO LONG SAM: Construction development at the old Sam's warehouse building in Ruthven St.
SO LONG SAM: Construction development at the old Sam's warehouse building in Ruthven St. Nev Madsen

4. Old Sam's Warehouse site

THE facades at 373 Ruthven St continue to be developed with the site of the former Sam's Warehouse redeveloped to make way for new tenants.

Development manager Mark Adamson, on behalf of Argyle Investments, said all that was left of the main structure at the work site was the frame.

Mr Adamson said negotiations were continuing with a range of businesses, as well as a national retailer, to fill the street frontage of suite three, measuring 1000 sq m.

He said it was expected the business will be in the site by July or August.

The development will connect through to the Railways Parklands and West Ck.

The former Westpac Bank on the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Streets has been purchased by developers, Philip Collins (left) and his son John Collins (centre). The property was sold by Colliers Commercial Sales and Leasing Markus Eames,
The former Westpac Bank on the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Streets has been purchased by developers, Philip Collins (left) and his son John Collins (centre). The property was sold by Colliers Commercial Sales and Leasing Markus Eames, Bev Lacey

5. The Bank development

THE Westpac Bank building on the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Sts is set to be transformed into an office, retail and restaurant hub.

The development is scheduled to be finished this year, and while the inside will be remodelled, the historical exterior will remain the same.

Floor plans are now being finalised ahead of the marketing for tenants. 

Contact Colliers commercial sales and leasing agent Markus Eames on 0407 388 856.

The remodelling and upgrade of the KFC at Wilsonton Shopping Centre.
The remodelling and upgrade of the KFC at Wilsonton Shopping Centre. Kevin Farmer

6. Wilsonton Shopping Centre - Market Square

THE Wilsonton Shopping Centre is undergoing a multi-million re-development, with stage two now under a re-planning process.

The project was expected to be completed by Christmas 2017 but with changes to the Market Square designs and planning, a construction start date and completion time is not yet available.

Stage two is still expected to go ahead after a redesign.

The KFC on-site at Wilsonton closed on February 8 for a complete renovation, including "an improved drive thru, digital menu panels and remodel.

Progress of work on QIC's Grand Central development.
Progress of work on QIC's Grand Central development. Kevin Farmer

7. QIC Grand Central redevelopment

THE $500 million development of Grand Central shopping centre on the corner of Margaret and Dent Sts sees the existing centre linked to the former Gardentown Shopping Centre via a two-level retail galleria.

Once completed the centre will host new discount department stores, new supermarkets Kmart, Big W and Woolworths and approximately 160 speciality retailers, including global high street and iconic Australian fashion brands. 

Centre manager Shaine Beverage said the transformation was on schedule and progressing well. 

The first set of shops in the redevelopment will open in September this year and the centre is due to be finished by early next year.

An additional 2000 car parks will be available.


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