JETTY Strip businesses claim Coffs Harbour City Council will be merely wasting money by re-laying a new footpath.
As part of its $100,000 Jetty Strip improvements project, the council is replacing the old and uneven concrete pavement on the popular restaurant walk with a more modern and eye-catching walkway.
It is understood the footpath will have alternating colours to distinguish each shop.
The three-week project began on Monday, when council workers laid the first of the new concrete slabs outside Scoffs Restaurant.
However, shop owners were told on Wednesday those sandy-coloured slabs were the wrong colour and had to be dug up and replaced with grey.
"What a waste of money," one trader, who did not want to be named, said.
"I don't think anyone cares if they're the right colour or not, as long as the footpath gets fixed.
"We're happy they're spending money down here at last.
"They've replaced the timber on the dining decks, which have also had a paint job and new handrails, and they're fixing the drainage in the back lane."
A city council spokeswoman said the council would spend $400 digging up and replacing the slabs in question because of a 'modification to the colour scheme'.
She said the overall beautification project would come in 'under budget'.