TWENTY-five years on and Kincraig Plaza is still a thriving shopping hub.
Woolworths has about 14,000 customers go through the doors each week, evidence the centre is as popular as ever.
The eight specialty stores have been able to take advantage of this foot traffic by being under the same roof as the supermarket chain.
First National Real Estate Naracoorte's director and sales consultant Diana Edwards and commercial property manager Gabriella Ogilvie are the past and present plaza managers respectively.
"Woolworths is the major customer drawcard and the other tenants have been able to capitalise on that," Mrs Edwards said.
Woolworths manager Michael Rogers said the company "loves being part of small communities".
By providing employment for locals and running plenty of fundraising efforts, it is wiping away the stigma associated with being part of a giant corporation.
Mr Rogers said the store now has a greater range and more exciting offers than ever before.
"We have great specials - a lot better than they were 25 years ago."
He said some things to look forward to include an upcoming bakery offer and a brand new liquor offer.
Today, Woolworths is joined as a plaza tenant by People's Choice Credit Union, Perks Accessories, First National Real Estate Naracoorte, Travel World, Sir Loin Butchers, The Blacksmiths Cafe, Plaza Kiosk and Sunny Grocery.
The addition of Sunny Grocery, an Asian supermarket, has been very popular and is catering to Naracoorte's growing migrant community.
Perks Property Investments bought the plaza from Shah Corporation in 1991 and First National Real Estate Naracoorte has been managing it since then.
Five years ago the real estate company moved into the centre themselves.
"We made the right decision," Mrs Edwards said. "It has been brilliant for us to be up here and see exactly what is happening with the customers and tenants."
Since its opening in 1987, Kincraig Plaza has seen a number of changes.
One of significance was the car park expansion in 2011 to cater for future developments which will include another eight to 10 speciality shops.
The old convent site was cleared and levelled to make way for extra spaces creating ample parking for customers now and in the future.
"With ease of parking it creates so much added convenience," Mrs Edwards said.
Plans are also being developed to refurbish the retail precinct.
Over the years Kincraig Plaza has been a bustling hive of activity with lots of things for people to look at and do. There have been art exhibitions, displays and in more recent times something on each school holidays to keep the kids entertained.
"There is always something happening and we are always looking for new things to do," Mrs Edwards said. Ms Ogilvie added the plaza would play host to giant games such as snakes and ladders and connect four in the in the upcoming school holidays.