Stockland Wendouree upgrades still in planning stages

Stockland Wendouree is yet to set a date for major upgrades.
Stockland Wendouree is yet to set a date for major upgrades.

Stockland Wendouree is yet to fix a date for its major redevelopment, with works expected to begin sometime in July.

Woolworths at Stockland has confirmed it will cease trading on June 4 in preparation for a raft of centre upgrades, including 15 specialty shops and an expansion of the existing Woolworths store.

A laneway dining precinct is also a possibility, a Stockland spokesperson said. 

Construction is expected to take about 12 months, beginning on or after July 6.

The spokesperson was unable to say whether other stores will forced to close during construction. 

Stockland Development Manager Phill Newton said the upgrades were still in the planning stages. 

“We are continuing to work closely with our retailers to ensure minimal disruption. We are still in the planning stages and look forward to announcing more news on the proposed redevelopment soon.”

The redevelopment was scaled down last year after Stockland allowed permission for a $110 million, 16,000 square metre expansion to lapse in February.

The redevelopment is touted to turn Stockland Wendouree into “the best retail shopping destination in Victoria’s central west,” according to Stockland design and development manager Tim Beattie who spoke to The Courier last year.

A spokesperson for Woolworths said all Stockland Woolworths staff members had been offered positions at other local Woolworths sites, including its Howitt Street store.

Ballarat’s sixth Woolworths, located at the Delacombe Town Centre, is expected to open late this year. 

The Stockland Wendouree redevelopment was approved by Ballarat City Council last year.