WORK is underway to improve car parking at Warrnambool's Northpoint Shopping Centre following concerns about narrow spaces.
An area of lawn near the western frontage of Northpoint will make way for 25 new parking spaces, while existing parking bays will widen.
Falk and Co property manager David Falk said the additional spaces responded to feedback about narrow parks and would be more convenient for shoppers.
"They are increasing the size of the existing parking bays to make it easier for people to go in and out," Mr Falk said.
Northpoint Brumby's owner David McMahon welcomed the upgrades.
"One criticism of that car park is that its a bit tight," Mr McMahon said.
"It was just a big green area in the middle of the car park that was just wasted space. It should improve parking and that should only be good for us as shop owners."
He said the centre was a "hive of activity for north Warrnambool".
"It saves people having to go into the main shopping district and have to pay for parking," Mr McMahon said.
A fruit shop, doughnut shop and hairdresser have all closed in past years, leaving three vacant shops at the centre.
Mr Falk said businesses had expressed interest in filling those shopfronts, but the centre rejected them because they offered similar products to existing stores.
"The people who own the building have shopping centres all over Australia and they know the mix they need to make it a successful centre," Mr Falk said.
"We would be interested in talking to a hairdresser ... maybe an Asian restaurant would be great."
He said a grassed area at the centre's south-west also received planning approval for a "big space" such as a gym about a year ago, but was yet to find an interested developer.
"We have thought maybe a gym, although we have a number of them. (It would) service all those houses and save everyone having to drive into town," Mr Falk said.
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