Retail outlets on SeaCoolum site

This vacant block on the Coolum esplanade will soon be developed.
This vacant block on the Coolum esplanade will soon be developed.

Coolum is to get a new retail development on the Seymour Group’s long-vacant SeaCoolum site on the esplanade between Salty Dog Cellars and Red Zoo.

The development, which will feature eight retail outlets and eateries is expected to be open by the middle of next year.

The 1941sq m site has been the cause of much heartache for developer Kevin Seymour.

Last year Mr Seymour had it on the market as a vacant site with development approval for ground floor retail and residential units above.

Mr Seymour had hoped the SeaCoolum development would include a village square and access to Jack Morgan Park but three years of negotiations with the former Maroochy council and the Coolum Beach Bowls Club broke down over car parking arrangements. The bowls club was concerned about losing 17 of its car parks.

The site has housed some of Coolum’s oldest eateries, including the Coolum Sands Chinese restaurant and a pie and pizza shop popular with locals and visitors.

An old house on the site that had been a doctor’s surgery and a newsagency was offered to community groups to relocate but closer inspection revealed asbestos, and the house was demolished.

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