Plans to extend Calala shopping centre

CALALA is proving to be one of Tamworth’s fastest-growing suburbs, with a huge extension planned for the retail precinct to give residents a “one-stop shop”.

ONE STOP SHOP: Carlo's IGA owner Carlo Cavallaro says a proposed expansion would give Calala 'all of the ingredients'.

ONE STOP SHOP: Carlo's IGA owner Carlo Cavallaro says a proposed expansion would give Calala 'all of the ingredients'.

The expansion is part of a 10-year-vision for Carlo’s IGA owner Carlo Cavallaro, who said this expansion signalled the final stage of his shopping project.

A recent development application lodged with Tamworth Regional Council will see the supermarket expand by 500 square metres and a further four retail outlets added to the Campbell Rd shopping centre.

Mr Cavallaro said the extension would be a huge development for the suburb.

“They will have a one-stop shop with all of the ingredients,” he said.

“We don’t have a full offer now because of space restrictions, we will be able to supply everything.”

They will have a one stop shop with all of the ingredients. - Carlo's IGA owner Carlo Cavallaro

Mr Cavallaro said the potential growth of the shopping area had not come as a surprise, mapping out the expansion from the very beginning.

“From day one, we had a vision,” Mr Cavallaro said.

“It was only a matter of time.

“It’s taken 10 years to be where we are now.”

The shopping centre’s expansion was planned out in three stages from the outset, Mr Cavallaro said, with the establishment of the centre, followed by the addition of the storeroom and finally the supermarket’s extension and introduction of four new shops.

While the proposed expansion will see a big boost to the community’s shopping precinct, Mr Cavallaro said it was not  the biggest stage of the project.

Mr Cavallaro already has his heart set on the type of shops he wants to fill the potential new outlets, including a pizza parlour, a bakery and a hairdresser.

Mr Cavallaro has lived in Tamworth for 26 years and was not surprised by the continuing growth of Calala.

“Looking at the infrastructure of the town, in my eyes, it was the obvious suburb,” he said.

“Looking at the geography of the town, it’s basically a satellite suburb connecting Tamworth with Nemingha.”

The estimated cost of the extension is $760,000.

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