Former Convenience Store on Malabar Road Could Become a Pet Clinic

For 30 years, a convenience store on Malabar Road in Maroubra traded and served the locals. Since the business closed, a plan has been lodged to develop the commercial site into a pet clinic.

Shane Abood and Dr Sally Pegrum, the owners of the Pyrmont Vet Clinic, filed a development application with the Randwick Council to change the former EzyMart store into a veterinary facility. It will be named the Coogee Veterinary Hospital.  

The proposal, filed in March 2019, indicated that there won’t be any structural changes made to the site but there will be some internal changes once the Council approves the application.

Specifically, the two-storey building will be divided into two consulting rooms, treatment rooms, x-ray area, wet prep room, an operating theater, grooming area, pet store, and the reception.

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“The site is suitable to accept the proposed development and the design is sympathetic to the surrounding sites. As there are no nearby veterinary hospitals we feel it is an excellent opportunity to maintain herd health and the entire community,” the proposal stated.

A decision has not yet been made regarding this plan. In the middle of May 2019, Randwick Council has referred the matter to engineering for further assessment.

If approved, however, the Coogee Veterinary Hospital will have around two to four staff and its hour of operation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.