Things have started to take shape in the northern suburb of Wagga Wagga with two major retail developments set to open this year.
Commercial estate agents at Estella Central and Phar Lap Place shopping centers have confirmed that things are progressing towards the first handful of businesses in operation before Christmas.
Raine and Horne’s Dylan Wooden checked out Estella’s site and said the pad had been fitted out for a new full-size FoodWorks supermarket and bottle store.
“They’re locked and loaded and ready to go,” he confirmed.
Several recent changes have been made to the planned first floor layout and Mr Wooden said they are awaiting council approval before proceeding with the wider development.
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“We are doing our best to get them up and running before December,” he said.
“The supermarket, the bottle shop and four specialty stores – we want them open before Christmas.”
Specialty shops were likely to include a takeaway, pizzeria, hairdresser and newsagent. A cafe with a large outdoor area was planned for the second area and upstairs, a gym and two restaurants would offer spectacular views.
“We want locals to support locals, that’s our raison d’être. And that’s what we’ve done before,” Wooden said.
Residents of the booming northern suburbs of Estella, Boorooma and Gobbagombalin have been requesting local facilities for over a decade and in the meantime drive 10-15 minutes to Wagga for the most part.
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Raine and Horne have worked with local businessman Stuart Webster on the Estella project since it received council approval in 2015.
“The terms weren’t good, the interest rates weren’t good, and obviously when you’re developing a mall that’s going to cost $15 million; you don’t want to just rush,” Mr. Wooden said.
“He (Mr. Webster) also owns Lake Village and Turvy Park, so great local neighborhood centers there that don’t just turn anybody away. There’s a lot of thought that goes into the rental mix.
The smaller, eight-store facility down the hill in Boorooma was being developed on land owned by the Roman Catholic Church and would include a pharmacy and petrol station.
Geoff Seymour of Fitzpatricks Real Estate said construction was progressing and the chemist had been confirmed, but they were still working on the final tenant mix.