Prabhakar stated many owners whose businesses had been affected by pandemic restrictions for years were frustrated and had to close their shops before the busy Christmas and new year period.
“Even if it was two or three months later, we’d be in a better position. Nothing against them, it’s just bad timing.”
The couple plans on opening the restaurant again in the city within the first year of next, but the couple hopes to return to their renovated complex.
“When they redevelop, we’ll open bigger and better,” Prabhakar said.
Buddy’s Convenience Store manager Irshad Sulaiman said it took four people about three days to pack up the shop. It was established 17 years ago, and specializes in imported candy.
“It’s been tough, I wish they’d let us stay here for Christmas and New Year’s. But you just have to accept reality, you can’t change it,” Sulaiman said.
A Mirvac spokeswoman said the redevelopment would transform Harbourside into a “world-class retail, residential, commercial and entertainment precinct”.
She Trading ceased in the centre’s majority on Friday. However, the adjacent waterfront Cyren restaurant would remain open and the public carpark would be open until January 9.
Demolition will begin on the site in the early 2023 with some early work starting in the month.
The demolition of the complex is expected to take seven months. The redevelopment will be completed by 2027.
Mirvac was met with opposition from both the City of Sydney and locals regarding its attempt to renovate the complex.
The Independent Planning Commission approved the project under conditions to address concerns that the tower development might overshadow the waterfront promenade, restrict access to public space, and disrupt views.
Mirvac’s spokeswoman on Friday said: “The new Harbourside will reimagine the Darling Harbour waterfront for the 21st century, reconnect with the people and places of Pyrmont, and create a network of new public spaces that seamlessly brings together residents, workers, tourists, and locals into a thriving mixed use precinct.”
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