Stockland Rockhampton (or 'Stocklands' if you're a local and tend to add an extra 'S' to almost everything for no reason) is no doubt an asset to Rockhampton. Over the year's it's grown into one of the biggest shopping complexes in the state, mainly due to the demolition of the old K Mart Plaza while the former Rockhampton Shopping Fair extended over Moore's Creek in it's place. Now K Mart, Coles, Woolworths and Big W are all under the one roof. Amongst the smaller traders are well known brands, such as JB Hi-Fi, Sanity, Dick Smith, National Geographic, Telstra, Next Byte, Angus & Robertson along with a vast array of boutiques, fashion outlets and specialty stores.
The food court has grown to include a McDonald's, KFC and Subway which now compete alongside local favourites, Clancy's Carvery and Pulp Sandwich Bar. Coffee shops are also located throughout the centre, such as Gloria Jeans, Jamaica Blue, The Coffee Club and Zarraffa's. Stockland even have a lower level at the K Mart end of the centre which includes health and medical services such as a gym, chemist, medical centre and medical imaging service.
There are downsides to shopping at Stockland though. There's only one newsagency in the entire centre - down from three a few years ago. There's also no post office so paying a simple bill can be a challenge.
The flawed car park is confusing, especially if you're not familiar with it. And if you're entering the underground car park from the Yaamba Road traffic lights (near the bus stop), be very careful. There's a newly installed pedestrian crossing that comes upon you immediately, located in a very precarious area that doesn't give drivers any chance to let their eyes adjust from the harsh sunlight as they drive into the dimly lit basement.
On the whole, Stockland is a good shopping centre that attracts many shoppers on a daily basis - but there's always room for improvement.