Work has started on the latest development in Mossel Bay - the former Lloyds Supermarket in Grave Street is being converted into a European style plaza.
According to the developers, this will not be a run-of-the-mill shopping mall.
Instead, shoppers may look forward to a high class plaza with quality, polished tile flooring and every shop front finished with white aluminium glass.
The coffee shop and ice cream parlour will be open plan areas, giving a very welcoming feel to the shopping area.
The new plaza will ideally be located next to the Mossel Bay Museum and is in the heart of the Central Business District. This could be the forerunner of the proposed Mossel Bay waterfront development project.
It is the intention of the developers to avoid letting shops to large chains selling groceries or clothing, or to have brand name food restaurants.
They want to offer shops to a variety of specialist service and product providers that will cater for the needs of both local people and tourists, thereby attracting customers from all walks of life.
Locals can enjoy their morning coffee, mid-day snacks and evening drinks in serene surroundings, whilst the tourists can have the plaza to themselves when the local people are at work.
This will ensure constant inflow of shoppers.
Later in the evening, the developers hope to draw people away from the TV to come out and enjoy cocktails, coffee or ice cream and socialise.
Emphasis is being given to create the plaza as a social-cum-business location.