DRIVE-up groceries delivered straight to your car boot will be part of the service at the city’s prime indoor shopping mall.
Anchor store Woolworths will offer the click convenience when its brand new, full line, bigger floor opens as a highly anticipated feature in the $37 million Stockland Wendouree Shopping Centre redevelopment.
The supermarket giant will have reserved car spaces nearby for customers who activate the online option – all the customer need to is let the store know they are on the way via an app, ring a service desk on arrival and flip the boot.
This comes as Stockland Wendouree announces popular new retail offerings to bring to Ballarat ahead of its June 28 grand opening.
Fashion brands Bonds, Forever New, Skechers and youth fashion store Sportsgirl are part of the new line-up with all but two of the 25 new shop spaces leased.
Beauty specialists Laser Clinics Australia and Shaver Shop, popular with manscaping, are also set to make their mark.
Stockland Wendouree centre manager Stevie Wright said the changed vibe and look of the centre would be more a place people could hang out, enjoy and socialise.
A laneway feel to the new dining precinct will offer casual in-restaurant dining with windows and doors that can retract for warm days. Vietnamese street food Roll’d and gourmet burgers will add to confirmed dining options Billy’s Lakeside Restaurant, Tokyo Sukiyaki House (sister to Tokyo Grill House) and Sushi Sushi.
The existing central food court is also undergoing a revamp with new tiles, landscaping, modern and more comfortable furniture, and charging points for digital devices.
Bathroom facilities in the new wing will also be in line with leading Melbourne shopping precincts, with a key feature the small, automated air hand-dryers directly next to automated taps.
Outside redevelopment works will create 50 new car spaces taking the total to more than 1200 free car parks.
Shade sails will be installed to help shield shoppers from the elements, particularly for designated disabled and parents with prams spaces.
Stockland Wendouree will also open two Lake Wendouree-themed inclusive playgrounds designed in conjunction with the Touched by Olivia Foundation, to ensure children of all abilities can play together.
The centre will also feature a new low, sensory quiet room as a retreat for people with autism or dementia.