Stockland today celebrated the official opening of ‘The Terrace’ at Stockland Rockhampton, a $7 million, 250 seat indoor-outdoor dining precinct, offering customers a new place to meet, eat and socialise with family and friends.
The development, which commenced construction in July 2015, has seen six new food retailers open at the centre. The new retailers include: Max Brenner, Gelatissimo, Guzman Y Gomez, Burger Urge, Rozzi’s Italian Canteen and Schnitz.
Stockland’s investment to create The Terrace has also proved to be great news for local employment, generating 120 new jobs, which have all been filled by Rockhampton locals.
John Schroder, Group Executive and CEO of Commercial Property at Stockland, today joined Michelle Landry MP, Federal Member for Capricornia, Mayor of Rockhampton, Councillor Margaret Strelow and key representatives from the community to officially open the thriving, new dining precinct.
John Schroder said: “Stockland has been part of the Rockhampton community for more than a decade. We invested more than $126 million in 2009 to create the largest shopping centre between Maroochydore and Mackay and today we continue to showcase our confidence in the region, opening The Terrace, a new $7 million dining precinct. We have strong belief in Queensland as an economic powerhouse for Australia, and currently have more than $3.7 billion invested in the state.”
The Terrace is located adjacent to the six screen Birch, Carroll and Coyle Cinema and is approximately 1,300 square metres. The 250 seat dining precinct has been designed as an all-weather indoor and outdoor casual dining area to encourage and enable dining year round. The northern aspect takes full advantage of natural light and is complimented by a warm colour palette, creating a resort-style dining sanctuary. Over time, luscious planter boxes and green walls will grow to further beautify the space.
John Schroder continues: “The Terrace has been created to respond to customer demand for a greater array of casual dining options in Rockhampton. We are proud to be delivering this first class dining experience today, which we hope the entire community will enjoy. The Terrace brings together a tantalising range of international foods and flavours and activates the entire centre by providing an inviting new dining destination where friends and family can meet for coffee and cake, a relaxing lunch, a quick bite or a family dinner.”
To celebrate the official opening and its contribution to the community Stockland hosted a special, celebratory lunch today – with key members of government and the community as well as the new Terrace retailers discussing new opportunities for business growth in the region.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Stockland development was a great opportunity to provide more jobs for local families in North Rockhampton.
“It’s fantastic to see Stockland continuing their investment in regional Queensland and providing more jobs for Rockhampton. Local shopping centres are the hubs of our community, providing employment and a place for people, to meet, shop and socialise.
“The Terrace at Stockland Rockhampton will provide a positive new environment for the local area and I look forward to enjoying many a catch up with friends, family and my constituents in these wonderful new surrounds,” Ms Landry said.
Mayor of Rockhampton, Councillor Margaret Strelow comments: “The Terrace is a fantastic example of economic growth in Rockhampton. Stockland has made a significant investment to meet the shopping, leisure and dining needs of the local community and I can see this new dining precinct will become a very popular destination for locals to meet and catch up. We look forward to seeing these new businesses thrive.”
John Schroder added: “Rockhampton is an ‘engine room’ for Central Queensland, with a high-level of local infrastructure and a well-diversified regional economy. Food service, in particular, presents excellent opportunities for business entrepreneurs in the region and we are confident that our new retailers on The Terrace will go from strength to strength.”
Stockland will shortly start construction on a new children’s playground for the shopping centre, to be located within the Food Court. The unique playground will be built in conjunction with Stockland CARE foundation partner, Touched By Olivia, and will be designed to ensure children of all abilities and ages can play together – including those with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments, or spectrum disorders such as autism. The new playground is expected to be ready by Christmas.