Stockland hosted a ground breaking event in March to mark the start of major construction works for the $372 million redevelopment of Stockland Green Hills in the lower Hunter Valley.
Stockland Green Hills will more than double in size to around 70,000 square metres and will feature the first new format David Jones department store in the Hunter Valley as well as a new JB Hi-Fi Home store and a new Harris Scarfe department store.
In response to shoppers’ growing affinity with food and casual dining, Stockland Green Hills will include an inspiring new dining and entertainment precinct, a new indoor-outdoor casual dining precinct, and more fresh food offerings.
The expanded centre will also feature more than 225 specialty shops, Big W, a new format Target and a new Dan Murphy’s store. The existing supermarkets and ‘mini-majors’ will be retained and improved as part of the development process, including Woolworths, Coles, Best & Less, Blooms the Chemist and Hot Dollar.
Stockland Group Executive & CEO of Commercial Property, John Schroder said "This is the beginning of an exciting era for the Hunter. Our $372 million redevelopment will create 1,350 jobs during construction and more than 1,250 permanent full time retail and hospitality jobs when completed."
"In addition to increasing its standing at the centre of the local community, Stockland Green Hills will draw customers from the Upper Hunter, Newcastle and the North Coast" Mr Schroder said.
“Stockland Green Hills is currently one of the best performing sub-regional shopping centres in Australia and we absolutely want to carry this momentum through development as we work to fulfill our vision of creating the most vibrant, thriving shopping, leisure and entertainment destination that will be the pride of the Hunter.
The Maitland Mayor Councillor Peter Blackmore OAM welcomed the redevelopment: “This is an exciting day for our community and the surrounding area. Not only is this project providing the people of Maitland with more great shopping options, but it is generating thousands of jobs during construction and even more once it opens.”
As a reflection of the company’s commitment to the future of the community, Stockland will establish a connectivity and training centre with our construction partners Brookfield Multiplex, focusing on giving young people pathways into jobs and training in construction and retail in the long term.
The redevelopment and expansion of Stockland will involve three scheduled and controlled stages of works over two and a half years. Practical completion is scheduled for mid-2018.