The main themes for 2012’s first Mall Report – Mexican stand-off, supermarket competition, jobs in the Mall, caffeine addictions.
Where do I start with the amount of activity in the Mall since 2012!?! Better focus on the southern end where there has been lots of movement. South of the Border has completed its expansion into the corner position at the start of the mall. We love this shop at Beach & Bay, lots of South American inspired dresses and leather sandals, makes us feel like we are carefree and so individual!
Next door to the original South of the Border store, Sam Jam Chef (fronting the park) has already closed before I even got to try it?! I’ve been told it was only open a few weeks?! Does anyone have any other information? What a shame.
Ok heading north, the team at IGA Cronulla are in full swing and I can see the deli area taking pride of place in the middle of the store. Don’t forget Cronulla-ites, the owner is taking orders for whatever delights you crave in the deli section, Bulgarian feta, Sicilian olives etc. Cronulla’s newest supermarket is about a month away from opening.
Across the road bargain hunters take note; Something Else pop up store has up to 70% off clothing and Sentier has a major sale on with 70% off selected summer stock , we are hoping for a late summer/delayed autumn so buy a heavily discounted dress and reap the benefits now!
Beluga sits sadly empty and it looks like we won’t be needing that deli everyone requested now that IGA is taking up the challenge. So here is hoping that some exciting store opens up here and like Richard from the Grind said not another real estate agent or hairdresser or Thai restaurant (or Mexican for that matter as everyone has been quite vocal on that on the “I Love Cronulla” page!).
Yes and the fit out at Cronulla’s latest Mexican food outlet, Mad Mex is taking shape, I hear it is supposed to open in March? Guzman y Gomez opened on The Kingsway at the northern end of the Mall late last year so for those at the southern end, the walk to get Mexican has just got even shorter. Plus more jobs for locals, Mad Mex is hiring now (98 Cronulla St).
I head into Surf Rd where there is lots of demolishing and rebuilding in progress. The theatre is mostly demolished and a rebuild in full swing. Work is soon to begin on the old Grind Espresso Bar site. One of Cronulla’s most successful businesses has closed their decade old home in the School of Arts building this week and Richard and Greer are working with builders at a frantic pace to get the new Grind up and running for 1st March. I am sure if you meet a Cronulla –ite who seems a little edgy this week it is because they are not getting their Grind fix! The new Grind address is 4/15 Surf Rd, Cronulla around the corner from the library. Richard and Greer have been sourcing furniture from all over to make it as eclectic and homely as the old Grind shop but in a bigger space. Bring on 1st March!