#COVID-19: Beaudesert streets gone quiet but shopping centres thriving

OPEN: Only two shops have closed their doors at Beaudesert Fair due to COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
OPEN: Only two shops have closed their doors at Beaudesert Fair due to COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

MORE people are getting the message around social distancing and staying close to home, with the streets of Beaudesert looking empty the past few days.

The town's shopping centres are the exception, with some outlets like Coles, Woolworths, bottle shops and pharmacies still doing a roaring trade.

A spokeswoman for MPG Properties which manages Beaudesert Central shopping centre said the only shop closed since the coronavirus crisis was Nikki's Hair Works by Nikki.

"We are in contact with our tenants at Beaudesert, which is one of the best centres we have in terms of communication," she said.

"Food stores are obviously restricted to takeaway only but in terms of numbers at the centre we have seen an increase in foot traffic since last month. It's fairly positive out there."

Mycore Properties' asset manager Phil Black, responsible for Beaudesert Fair, says the centre is the only enclose, airconditioned mall in the Scenic Rim and houses several essential services.

"Glamour nails and Rockmans have closed but all other stores are open," Mr Black said.

"Coles is trading very well and we also have Target Country, banking, medical and pharmaceutical services, butchery, mobile phone, clothing, bottle shop and tobacconist open for business."

Mr Black said cleaning and security staff were on site, communicating with shoppers about social distancing rules and using medical grade sanitiser on surfaces including door handles.