Boronia Mall: traders hope $9m carpark upgrade will lift the ailing retro shopping centre

TRADERS are banking on a $9 million overhaul of the dated multi-level carpark to breathe new life into the struggling Boronia Mall.

Mall manager Lawrence Peresso said new lifts and travelators in the three-tier carpark next to Coles would make the shopping centre more appealing to customers.

But Boronia shoppers say the secret to success is filling empty shops at the ailing 1970s building.

Mr Peresso, a former security guard who took over management of the mall last year, said work on the carpark upgrade started this month and was due to finish by the end of 2018.

“A lot of old ladies have been asking for this for years,” he said.

“You get people pushing trolleys up that ramp they can’t get up there (to the third level).”

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