Store takes shape
THE old bicycle shop in River St, Maclean was demolished this week to make way for a bigger Harvey Norman store.
Matthew Kennedy, franchisee of the Harvey Norman stores in Maclean and Grafton, said the new structure would double the floor space of the existing building.
"We want to be able to offer a greater range with the population growth in the Lower Clarence," Mr Kennedy said.
"With that growth, we saw the need to offer a bigger store, bigger range and better variety."
Mr Kennedy said the new building would have a contemporary design, along the lines of other Harvey Norman stores.
He said the older building would also get a facelift so that a common, contemporary facade would greet customers.
"Now that council has decided about the car park, there will also be a new facade on the back of the building as well, which will also become a main entry," he said.
"We will also be installing a lift to take customers up to the second level."
Chris Owens, manager of the Maclean store, had no doubt extending the shop would result in better shopping outcomes.
"We have a very loyal customer base here," he said.
"The extensions will give our customers a much wider variety of products.
"And, they won't have to go outside the area to get what they want.
"We believe in this community and we're prepared to invest in its future."
Mr Owen said the extensions should be finished by the first half of next year.