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Sentinel snaps up Emerald shopping centres

WALK A MILE: Sentinel’s Michael Sherlock decided to walk a mile in the shoes of local business owners and Amber Williams, of Stiletoes, found a pair of shoes to fit him.
WALK A MILE: Sentinel’s Michael Sherlock decided to walk a mile in the shoes of local business owners and Amber Williams, of Stiletoes, found a pair of shoes to fit him. Kelly Butterworth Emesenti

WITH the Centro Emerald Market and Centro Emerald Village now under new ownership by Sentinel Property Group, the group's adjunct professor Michael Sherlock decided to come to Emerald and have a look around.

Sentinel purchased the two shopping centres from Centro, and Mr Sherlock said the group had plans to fix up the centres and make them a more pleasurable shopping experience.

"Instead of spending $1000 on one thing, we will spend $100 on 10 things," Mr Sherlock said.

The group was in town to chat to local business owners who have shops in the centres, and gave them a chance to tell the company what they would do to improve the centres.

Mr Sherlock said most of the responses from the business owners were simple fixes.

He said speaking to the owners was a good way of gauging the current climate in town.

He said the group, which owns similar centres around Queensland, bought properties in need of a revamp, and said the two Emerald centres certainly fitted the bill.

"We have been talking this morning to the owners about what they want to see changed," Mr Sherlock said.

"I always ask them, because they are the ones who are here, they know."

He said Sentinel intended to have a hands-on approach to the Emerald centres, and hoped to attract businesses to fill the empty shops.


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