The $37 million redevelopment of Stockland Wendouree, Ballarat region’s newest shopping precinct, opened on 28 June to hundreds of excited local residents excited to get their first look at the new centre.
With more than 100 retailers including Skechers, Bonds, Forever New and Sportsgirl, Stockland Wendouree now delivers an exciting retail experience for this booming area of regional Victoria that will meet the community’s needs now and into the future.
Stevie Wright, Centre Manager at Stockland Wendouree, says: “Ballarat has been identified as one of the largest and fastest growing regional cities in Victoria and our local customers deserve the very best quality shopping, dining, lifestyle and entertainment options.
“We’ve listened to the community from the very beginning and have pushed the boundaries with every element of this redevelopment, bringing together the best in retail, design, innovation and sustainability to create a vibrant centre that the whole community can enjoy.
“Wendouree offers a strong retail mix, focusing on fresh food, dining and services. We have also incorporated a number of important community initiatives into the centre.”
The showpiece of the redevelopment is a new full-line 3,800 square metre Woolworths, offering the latest fresh food innovations, including an artisan delicatessen and an onsite bakery.
The new laneway dining precinct features indoor and outdoor seating and a range of casual dining choices including Melbourne restauranteur Billy’s Lakeside Restaurant, Tokyo Sukiyaki House and Sushi Sushi.
In response to increasing customer demand Stockland has added 6,700 square metres of new retail floor space to the centre, taking the total floor space to 27,651 sqm (GLA). Customers will also enjoy ample parking with 50 new car spaces added, bringing the total to over 1,200, and ease of access with two new entrances to the centre leading to the car park facing Norman Street.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the redevelopment, with Stockland investing $2.4 million into a 1.29 MW solar project. Comprising 4,381 rooftop solar panels, it will cover a roof area of approximately 7,200 square metres and is expected to generate approximately 1,441,050 kWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power 373 homes.
The centre also includes more amenities to make life easier for people of all abilities, including two new inclusive playgrounds developed in consultation with the Touched By Olivia Foundation and a dedicated Quiet Room designed to create a safe place for parents, carers and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Quiet Room is situated inside the shopping centre’s Parent Room and provides a calm, low sensory environment, which can be used as a retreat away from the busy shopping centre.
The Stockland Wendouree redevelopment created more than 500 new jobs the during construction as well as an additional 250 ongoing jobs in retail, customer service, operations and hospitality. Mayor, Cr Samantha McIntosh said: “The new Stockland Wendouree Shopping Centre is a great asset for Ballarat, bringing new opportunities and new jobs for our community.
“With a vast range of unique dining and shopping experiences, Stockland Wendouree will be a great leisure precinct for the whole community to enjoy.”