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Cafe brews new chapter for historic Toowoomba site

Newtown residents could soon be enjoying a cappuccino and croissant at the same place they once picked up their bread and milk.

Toowoomba financial firm Elodus Financial has recognised the potential of the old convenience store site on the corner of Holberton and Taylor St and is converting the building into their office space as well as a cafe, Extraordinary Joe.

The development will also include tenancy opportunities for office or retail space with a floor area of 110 square metres still available.

For the developers, Elodus Financial partners David Pidcock and Shane Fisher, the growth of Toowoomba meant the time was right for business expansion into the suburbs.

Mr Pidcock said there was a shift away from the CBD as more businesses moved into these areas.

He hoped the development would bring more visitors to Newtown.

“Only minutes from the city centre, with one of our best parks, heritage listed buildings and the historic Rose Garden, Newtown is a local gem with amazing growth potential.

“The creation of modern urban villages will provide the convenience of the city with a traditional, friendly neighbourhood feel.”

He was confident the development’s focus on lifestyle would attract customers within the residential area.

They were also excited to have Toowoomba business Bonjour Boulangerie on board.

Owner Gwendoline Perret runs the European-style patisserie wholesaler and will be delivering her products to the cafe.

The renovations, expected to be complete by October, are being led by Ross Hogno of Ross Hogno Constructions who said that although there were elements of demolition, the shell of the building would remain intact.

The development will be a new look and purpose for the site which has a long history as a retail centre – first as The Broadway Store in the 1920s.

Source – Toowoomba Chronicle – 22nd July 2015

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