Reids Department Store, corner Brisbane and Bell Streets, Ipswich, early 1980s.
Reids Department Store, corner Brisbane and Bell Streets, Ipswich, early 1980s. Picture Ipswich

What you most want to see in the CBD

A bowling alley, a Costco, a night club for "older people" and a good department store. That was the feedback when we asked our Facebook readers what businesses they'd like to see open in Ipswich.

However there was one catch: "These things need to be CLOSE TO or IN the CBD, not Springfield or any other suburb that's extremely close to Brisbane," according to Rachael Goodes and a view shared by many, including Sylvia Imhof: "I'd would love to see more money brought into the city instead of going out to Springfield all the time."

By a show of likes a bowling alley was the most popular. Tammy Elliott wrote: "Bowling alley for sure, one with lazer tag would be awesome. A night out for families and the young at heart." And Toni Higginson added: "Yes, bowling alley would be wonderful. Fun things to do as most of it is all in Brisbane and a lot of people can't get to Brisbane."

Next up was a Costco with Kerry May leading the way: "As for a retailer, Costco has my vote. But Ipswich really needs an entertainment precinct that has the likes of a bowling alley, escape rooms, indoor rock climbing, etc. A place where you can go to have fun, but can also hold parties, social events."

Laverne Murphy's idea was also a popular choice: "What about a night club for older people.We have nowhere to go unless we are surrounded by all the young ones... ha ha! And have music we can relate to."

Also ranking high on the wish list was Myrna Weston's comment: "A good department store in the town centre. We need something likes Cribb & Foote / Reids. Not offices and empty shops. Bring back some life in the town. I don't think it will ever be the way that it used to be." Tess Linneweber: "Definitely, something like Reids. My mum worked there!"

Here are some of the other favourites from this week's post.

Megan Griffiths - "Something different! No more clothes, jewelry, cafes! We have the same old everywhere. What about all those cool little shops other towns have!"

Krystle Buckley Dionysius - "I have a list for days but definetely a Myer or David Jones would be great. There are a lot of shops we don't have: Peter Alexander, Lush, Portmans, Mimco, Sportsgirl, Novo... even kids shops like Cotton on Kids and Seed. If they open a store like Myer or DJ's it would cover a few of those brands at least. We don't have a high end retailer."



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