Five new specialty retailers have signed on to be a part of the second stage of Karalee Shopping Centre.

Work on the 3,900 square metre extension to Karalee Shopping Centre, which has a Woolworths supermarket and 15 specialty stores, started earlier this year and expected to be completed in April 2019.

Once the works are complete, the centre will have a total of 7,329 square metres of retail area.

Consolidated Properties Group has confirmed it has secured commitments from five new retailers for stage two. They are: 

  • Diamon Cut Hair and Makeup
  • Dollar Deals
  • LeTan Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
  • Karalee Pizza and Ribs
  • Lucid Doll (fashion boutique)

LeTan Fresh Fruit and Vegetables owner Tan Le said he was looking forward to opening his store in Karalee after years of success at Kuraby and Toowoomba Farmers’ Markets and Town Square at Redbank Plains.

“After attending the weekly markets, demand for our fresh produce has grown and we are now at the point where we need a shopfront to serve our regular customers,” he said.

“We source 80 per cent of our produce direct from local farms in the Ipswich region, so our customers know they are helping Australian farmers in their own community when they buy from us.

“Our store will offer a wide range of produce, including Asian herbs and vegetables, and we will be sourcing beautiful fresh mangoes from Bowen. I look forward to meeting many new faces in this friendly community.”

Tan Le, owner of LeTan Fresh Fruit and Vegetables.

Diamond Cut Hair and Makeup owner Cassandra Barie said she was thrilled to finally be opening a salon in her “dream” location.

Mrs Barrie grew up in Karalee, has previously owned and operated Diamond Cut salons in Ipswich and has another store in nearby Brassall.

“I grew up in Karalee, attending the local primary school and I have always loved the tight-knit community here,” she said.

“When I opened my first salons in Ipswich in 2010, I was on the look out for a space in Karalee Shopping Centre, but tenancies were always snapped up as soon as they were made available.

“I closed my Ipswich salons in 2015 when my husband passed away, and then I gave birth to our son shortly after.

“After taking time off, I decided I was ready to get back in to hairdressing and I was really excited when the opportunity to join the second stage of Karalee Shopping Centre came up.

“I know hundreds of people in the Karalee area, which has always felt like home to me. 

“Karalee is also a good fit for my salon which has an urban, edgy style and is focused on the teen and young adult market.”

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