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Cronulla Mall Report: Christmas by the Beach & Bay

12308364_1070915939607258_6296975608186851694_nSummer is here! Welcome to the best time of year and the best place to be. What a gorgeous first week we have had.

I supposed it was wishful thinking to hope that the 10th anniversary of the Cronulla Riots could pass us by without notice but unfortunately it seems that a few people are taking the opportunity to commemorate the date with a march. So while I support free speech, I don’t support this march.

As a business owner and resident in Cronulla I experienced first hand the damage that this day inflicted on the area, and then for many months, years after. Cronulla was splashed across the news around the world for all the wrong reasons. Being during peak Christmas trade, post riot day, people were told to avoid the area, local businesses did it tough, several never re-opened.

2015-12-08_11.00.08The “I Love Cronulla” Facebook page came about because of the riots. I wanted people to understand that this was not what Cronulla was about. I wanted to showcase the suburb, support local business and counter the image the rest of Sydney, Australia and the world saw on the news.

So while one group marches on 1 day, the “I Love Cronulla” page will continue everyday to support the local community.

Meanwhile, in other much brighter news, the Christmas festivities in the Mall are in full swing, starting from the top of the Mall with Santa photos for families and pets!

Across from Santa, the former McDonalds corner is looking very empty with both McDonalds and the Leading Edge computer store still vacant. Maybe the New Year will bring some new tenants?

2015-12-08_11.06.12Further down there have been a few other changes; Cronulla Surf Design is now Quiksilver and Indian restaurant Dash of Spice is now Albi’s Table, an Italian café restaurant opening soon.

Ocean Grove has seen some change lately (and council/road works) as well. Henry’s Restaurant and Bar is opening soon and sadly the popular Indian Aromas has closed. With Breeze in Gerrale St and Surf Lane almost complete and the new retail stores below hurrying to finish in time for Christmas, we are looking forward to even more choice for dining in Cronulla.

Charbella’s shop next to Grind is vacant after Charbella moved back to its old haunt in Ocean Grove Ave.

As the year quickly comes to a close, Beach & Bay Realty would like to take this opportunity to wish all our followers and their families a safe and happy festive season. Merry Christmas to all and we wish you all the best for the New Year!

 

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The Mall Report – The movers and shakers 2010

For my final Mall Report for 2010 I thought it would be appropriate to do a summary of some of the changes that have taken place this year.

Starting at the southern end (train station) of the Mall,  this year we lost our only hardware store (Mitre 10). The rumour was that it would be another supermarket chain moving in but this did not eventuate (instead an existing surf shop moved a few shops up)

Maybe this was because Cronulla Mall already had a new supermarket take residence with Woolworths opening in 2010! I know the staff at Beach and Bay love the convenience of this store just 100 metres away from our office, we are daily customers!

Sadly recently we lost Michel’s Patisserie and the shop is still vacant. We also lost Bakers Delight and things were looking a bit dire but it reopened a few weeks ago, thank goodness.

Cronulla has a new organic café with Heart and Soul Organic Chai café opening at shop 6/17 Gerrale St (near Frangipani Gelato and Ham café) just a few months ago. Try the chickpea koftas and coconut drinks!

Berkelouw Bookstore was another coup for Cronulla Mall, this prestigious bookshop with locations in Newtown, Leichhardt, Bowral and Paddington opened in March this year.

Some 1st birthday celebrations include Cronulla Pie shop which opened on the 15th of December 2009 to much fanfare as we had been missing a pie shop for several years. I hear the breakfasts are good there too!

Cronulla Central has also just celebrated its 1st birthday. There is now a café next to the library, rooms for yoga and meeting rooms available to hire. On the 18th of December the Cronulla Surf Gallery will be launched. Installations have begun and it looks fantastic! Everyone should check this out. It is 30 metres long on each side of the corridor entrance to the Cronulla Central, next to the Blue Illusion store in the Mall.

As I finish up at the Cronulla Plaza Pavilion, Santa photos are in full swing. No doubt next year will bring more changes, but right now Christmas is on everyone’s mind as the Tree of Life window display reads “Wishing you all a Happy Christmas”, see you in 2011!

Ps. Winner of the Best Christmas Window in Cronulla went to Harperwood Floral for the 2nd year in a row.

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