The long term vision for Mildura’s CBD is a step closer following today’s announcement that McDonalds will cease trading from its Mall premises in March.
Mildura Rural City Council CEO Mark Henderson said the departure of the major fast food outlet from the prominent site at the Eighth Street end of the Mall was disappointing.
“We’re hopeful that they will be able to retain a presence in the CBD,” Mr Henderson said.
“Having stores shut down is not something we like to see happen and McDonalds will be a notable absence come March however it does open up opportunity for new or expanded food offerings in the CBD.”
While the fast food outlet’s lease was not due to expire until 2018, Mr Henderson said Council would not seek a new tenant to fill the free-standing building McDonalds currently occupies when the business closes.
“There is enough available retail space within Mildura’s CBD and Council doesn’t want to compete with private property owners for potential tenants.”
Mr Henderson said the unexpected departure of McDonalds presented an opportunity for Council to continue rolling out the CBD Masterplan, which aims to link Langtree Avenue with the river and create an integrated retail, restaurant and riverfront precinct.
Existing concept plans show the area currently occupied by McDonalds featuring trees, paving and shade shelters, so we can now look at completing this phase of the Master plan once the building is demolished.
“The project Council is currently developing for the riverfront alongside the work of Places Victoria on behalf of the State Government is all geared towards opening up access to the Murray River and creating better links from Langtree Avenue down to the water.
“The CBD Masterplan reinforces these goals and removing the McDonalds structure will certainly improve site lines and visual links from the Mall down Feast Street and beyond to the river.”
Mr Henderson said it was too early at this stage to give a firm start time but expects works to commence shortly after the current lease expires.
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