Kingaroy St 'eyesore' set for demolition
IN A YEAR'S time, the old carpet store on Kingaroy St will be demolished and work will start on replacing it with a new big-box retailer.
The building is infested with white ants and has serious structural flaws along with drainage problems.
Importantly, large sections of the Kingaroy St awning look as though they will fall down at any time.
Gary Barron owns the building and is well aware of its problems.
"That's an eyesore... It's proved its useful life and it's time to come down,” he said.
South Burnett Regional Council originally said Mr Barron would remove the awning after Easter, but it has taken him longer than anticipated to finish other construction projects.
Plus, as president of the Kingaroy Show Society, Mr Barron is busy with preparations for this year's event.
"After the show we're definitely pulling the awnings off and making it look respectable in the front.
"Within six to nine months we want to pull the whole building down,” Mr Barron said.
Initially there were plans to build a hotel on the site but the council pushed Mr Barron in a new direction.
"The council is very favourable of us trying to get more business down that end of the street,” he said.
"We're looking at a major tenant. I don't want to say who it is because we haven't got them yet and it might be a bit pie in the sky.”
Mr Barron said having a large retailer at the bottom of Kingaroy St would draw more shoppers to the area and benefit nearby businesses.
"Kingaroy is struggling, like a lot of other towns with small shops,” he said.
"The big three - Woolworths, IGA and Aldi - are still going pretty well but a lot of the little shops are struggling.
"You must admit that. You only have to drive up and down the main street (to see it).”