The tides are turning with the Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade 17 July 2018 Tides Cafe is going with the changes during the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade - as the final touches to Stage One of the main street upgrade between Lee St and Monk St is finished up - and construction of Stage Two from Monk St to Hannan Rd progresses. Photo file: Katrina Hill far right and some of her team at Tides Cafe Alan Hill and wife Katrina have owned Tides Café, situated on the corner of Albert and Lee Streets for the past four years and are looking forward to getting back to some normality as the final touches are made to the town upgrade construction nearest them, which includes laying the last paving blocks on the footpath outside the café. "It definitely was time for a change, whether the mix of pedestrian areas and footpaths versus car parking is right, only time will tell, but we won't really know until it's completely finished" says Alan. "The construction works has had an effect on us, we've had a few customers tell us that it's a little harder with the parking gone out the front, but hopefully with the couple of extra spaces now created on Lee Street, everyone will adjust," adds Alan. Alan moved from Taranaki some 30-odd years ago and owned and operated his own building business on the Coromandel for some time, before he and Katrina went into the café business. With staff numbers ranging from four in the winter to 10 in the summer period, working a café six days a week at the moment, and getting back to seven days a week as the works finish up outside the cafe, it can be quite hectic for Alan and Katrina. "Owning and operating your own business can be tough at times, and while we're feeling the effect of the construction works at the moment, we really just want people to come back into the town centre again and help us promote Whitianga as a whole and get the people back in to town itself," says Alan With an ever changing menu from week-to-week, special treats are always available, like their pumpkin spinach and feta salad, or some delicious savoury muffins, so come in and grab your coffee loyalty card and enjoy the hospitality at Tides Café. You can also check them out on Facebook. Works this week - 16 July Below are the work activities that will be carried out on site over the next week for both Stage One and Two along Albert Street from Blacksmith Lane to Hannan Road. Stage 1 - Lee Street to Monk Street. The completion of footpath paving block installation from Frankie’s public house to Tides Cafe . Footpath paving block installation work to continue from Mainly Casual to FeetStreat Stores. The placement and installation of streetlight poles is to begin. We're starting to install the new street furniture. Stage 2 - Monk Street to Hannan Road. Continuing to put in the storm water drains as well as along excavating and installing new utility services from Monk Street to Hannan Road. Dempsey Wood will continue to work with affected businesses so that it's business-as-usual while construction work is happening.