Stockland Rockhampton centre manager David Fenwick
Stockland Rockhampton centre manager David Fenwick Austin King

Rockhampton shopping giant to expand with six new stores

ALREADY one the largest shopping centres in Queensland, Stockland Rockhampton is set to get even bigger.

Centre manager David Fenwick yesterday confirmed that up to six new stores could open in the centre before Christmas.

Fashion jewellery retailer Goldmark is making a return to the centre, while body jewellery store Skin Kandy is also on the way.

Other stores soon to set up shop in Stockland - the largest centre between the Sunshine Coast and Cairns - include Yogurtland, Bee Good, Phone Adore and Subway.

Stockland's ongoing investment in its Rockhampton centre is a positive sign for retail in the region.

Chair of the Planning and Development Committee for Rockhampton Regional Council Bill Ludwig said while he couldn't confirm details, Stockland management had been talking with council about options available on the existing shopping centre site.

"The fact they are having discussions is a clear indication they are looking to potentially expand," Cr Ludwig said.

And with Stockland also working on a master-planned residential development in Parkhurst, Cr Ludwig said there would be a need for additional facilities in the retail sector.

He said the area surrounding the Stockland Rockhampton site, a combination of the former Rockhampton Shopping Fair and Kmart Plaza, had been identified as having significant potential for expansion of commercial and retail activities.

"It is a positive thing for our region, that major national players are investing, and possibly further expanding," he said.

"It is a positive indicator for our long-term sustainable growth."

Describing the Rockhampton and Livingstone areas as being significantly diverse in its economy, and not reliant on any one sector, he said it was not surprising major national players were looking Rockhampton's way when it came to investing and possible further expansion.

"For us that means we are not likely to go through the same boom and bust cycles as other areas," he said.

"It is a clear indication to local community and businesses, and other major national players, that we are not only on the radar but firmly on the map for economic growth and investment," he said.