A MEDICAL centre, hairdresser, barber and gym are among a swathe of new businesses open in the Bli Bli Village.
The developer behind the $25 million project said more wellness, retail and food operators were readying to open in early October as the first in the three-stage development nears completion.
Michael White said 500 people were expected daily through the medical facilities alone, which include the Bli Bli Clinic, Bli Bli Smiles Dentistry, Suncoast Podiatry, BT Physio and QML Pathology, which are now open.
The Jetts Gym, Sunshine Hospice charity shop, Wendy’s Soy Wax Candles, Glam Nails, Bli Bli Hair Design and Tony’s Barber Shop are also now open.
Next month’s new offerings include the Bli Bli Pharmacy, Muscle Mechanics Massage, Riverside Psychology and Bli Bli Board Rooms – a facility for meetings and training sessions. Mr White said they hoped to secure a cafe or coffee shop in the first building.
Stage two is well under construction, to be completed by December this year.
The Sunshine Coast Hotels Group was set to open a tavern in December, but Mr White said this had been pushed back to December next year when the project is expected to be complete.
“We are very happy with the leasing progress, we are about 80 per cent leased for the whole project,” Mr White said. “Leasing to date has exceeded our forecasts and we are striving to fill the complex in the next three to six months.”
The second building’s tenants so far include Kasuree Indian Cuisine restaurant, the Salvation Army Retail Op Shop, Imaging Queensland, Rose Garments, Ray White Real Estate and Accountancy Advisory Services. They are still in negotiations with gym franchise F45. Vacancies are still available, with a focus on food.
Mr White said he believed the development’s mix catered to the growing Bli Bli area, and a busy carpark already reflected it was meeting the community’s demand.
“We have the River Markets shopping complex as well, which has proven to be very successful, and we obviously saw the need for Bli Bli to have a town centre and to accommodate for the sevices and the needs of the surrounding community.”
Sunshine Coast Daily – 15 September, 2018 – Amber Hooker