SHOPPERS are urged to be patient with less than three months until the $37 million new clothing and food precinct opens in the city’s prime indoor mall.
Behind all the walls, works in Stockland Wendouree Shopping Centre are on schedule for completion by the end of June with all new retailers to sign off on their design fit-outs by mid next month.
Outdoor landscaping is also set to start taking shape in the north car-park in May.
Stockland Wendouree centre manager Stevie Wright said long-awaited redevelopments will feature, as promised, a stronger focus on youth fashion and casual dining as the centre adapts to meet modern shopper needs and expectations.
“Brands will be different to what we’ve got already because it is about what Ballarat residents want and expect to find in a shopping centre,” Ms Wright said. “All the shopping areas across town have their little niche and we’ve worked hard to reflect our community wants.”
The centre will open two new inclusive play spaces based on designs with Touched by Olivia Foundation, which guided the Victoria Park inclusive playground. These will be Lake Wendouree-themed, featuring swans and rowing.
A parents’ room is bring transformed into a quiet room with low-lighting and bean bags as a retreat, particularly for people living with autism or dementia.
Billy’s Lakeside Restaurant, Tokyo Grill House and Sushi Sushi are already confirmed eateries for the new laneway indoor-outdoor dining precinct in the north mall.
Also set to come
- At the heart of the redevelopment is the new full-line 3,800 square metre Woolworths supermarkets, following the new-look Coles. Both, with Kmart, are the centre’s anchor stores.
- Skechers, the sought-after American lifestyle and performance shoe brand, is a confirmed new retailer
- Oscar’s Nails is also set to move in
- Management hopes to confirm another 10 leading shopping retailers within the month
- 2 new entries to the centre leading to the car park facing Norman Street
- 50 additional car parking spaces