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Orange's Choox and Sugar Mill on the move as part of Summer Centre revamp

By Peter Holmes

An Italian restaurant run by people out of Sydney will take the spaces currently occupied by Choox charcoal chicken shop and The Sugar Mill café at the front of The Summer Centre at the top of Summer Street.

Choox and Sugar Mill. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

The centre has been undergoing a massive revamp for months, and it will continue for many to come, with owners planning a multi-storey hotel as part of a $25 million upgrade and expansion.

The tobacco and gift shop has moved to larger premises and the nail salon has also moved within the centre.

A screenshot from The Summer's Centre's website, teasing the revamp.

A chunk of the centre remains boarded up, with works going on behind the scenes.

Tablelands Meats moved out months ago, with owner Stephen Tamplin sticking a sign to the fold out door at the front of the premises saying he had been told a butcher wasn't required in the new centre.

Signs spruiking the makeover. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

Choox and The Sugar Mill will move within The Summer Centre.

The Italian restaurant will cover some 200 square metres and will take the space of the two aforementioned outlets, plus part of the nail salon's former back section.

There will be al fresco dining along the side wall where Choox is now.

The sign outside Tablelands Meats in the Summer Centre in September 2021. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

While Choox is known for its burgers and charcoal chicken, The Sugar Mill has a reputation for its pies, sausages rolls, loafs of ciabatta and sourdough bread, and artfully crafted pastries and cakes.

According to the Australian Financial Review businessman Paul Saunders bought the shopping centre in 2018 with the founder of Sydney's Oscar Hotels, Bill Gravanis.

"I think the centre has been a bit unloved and I think it needs to be better positioned," Saunders told the paper.

"We need to bring in some new retailers that better represent the style this centre deserves. Orange is a pretty, clean and affluent country town and there is a lot of potential here."


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