STOCKLAND Hervey Bay's remaining tenancies in the new casual dining food court are filling fast signalling a return of retailer confidence, centre manager Paul Kelsey says.

He said a host of store owners had signed leases in recent weeks and were eager to open their doors when the $115 million redevelopment at Stockland Hervey Bay was completed later this year.

"Many new retailers have been quick to identify and recognise the abundant opportunities on offer in Hervey Bay," Mr Kelsey said.

"We have a strong, diverse regional economy with the Fraser Coast a magnet for tourists and Hervey Bay itself enjoying strong urban population growth.

"Food service in particular presents excellent opportunities for business entrepreneurs on the Fraser Coast and we're keen to strike the right balance by offering customers the best local and international cuisines and flavours,"

"Along with tourists, there is an influx of Australians moving to Hervey Bay as the Fraser Coast in search of employment opportunities and a better lifestyle.

"Retailers have been quick to recognise the growth potential of this region.

"This region has a diverse economy with numerous services required to attend to the growing needs of the mining, property, construction and tourism industries.

"Over the coming years, we expect to see increasing demand for quality retail and service options."

The line-up of retailers at the expanded Stockland include Muffin Break, Go Sushi, Kick Juice, Kmart, Cotton On Mega, Harris Scarfe, Best & Less, Specsavers, EB Games, Katies and Michael Hill.

On completion, Stockland Hervey Bay will be almost twice its original size and include more than 100 specialty stores, a 500-seat cafe-style food court and 1681 car parking spaces.



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