A number of long-standing Cessnock businesses are undergoing major renovations, a move that local business operators say increases confidence in the town.
Cessnock Leagues Club is part-way through a $4.7 million renovation project, which will include a new function centre, main bar, sports bar and TAB area, courtyard and administration offices.
The administration offices are complete and the auditorium reopened on the weekend, while the full-scale commercial kitchen for large functions is due for completion by November.
The Leagues Club is also working towards a November opening date for a new casual dining venue – to be named Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar – at the former Cessnock Ex-Services Club (following the clubs’ amalgamation in June).
O’Neill’s Tyres Cessnock is also undergoing a revamp, including a new showroom and upgrades to the building’s exterior.
Proprietor Mark O’Neill said the project shows confidence in the local community and will be positive for the area.
Major works are also underway at Smyth’s Funeral Services and Cessnock Plaza (including Woolworths).
Aldi Cessnock is also set for a comprehensive upgrade, and will be closed for renovations from August 13 to 24.
New features will include redesigned shelving, expanded wooden produce bays, extended energy-efficient chillers, LED lighting, improved point-of-sale displays and store signage.
The Cessnock store, which opened in 2001, was one of the first Aldis in Australia.
Cessnock Chamber of Commerce president Clint Ekert said it was exciting to see so many businesses investing in making their businesses, and the town, more attractive.
“The chamber’s Facade Improvement Program kick-started the movement to update signage and facades of businesses and we are thrilled that its continuing on,” Mr Ekert said.
“The chamber encourages all businesses to keep signage up to date and facades clean and welcoming.
“The rise of the large shopping centers means our businesses have to work harder to attract shoppers and wow them with customer service to ensure they come back.”
Meanwhile, the chamber has launched its 2018 customer service awards, with nomination forms now available at local businesses and online at cessnockchamber.com.au.
The awards will be held at Cessnock Leagues Club on November 9 – the first event to use the club’s new full-scale commercial kitchen.