Another piece of Stockland’s $1.1 billion Willowdale community was brought to life today with the opening of the much anticipated Willowdale Shopping Centre.
Ready to serve the retail needs of Willowdale’s 4,000 residents and the wider Leppington community, the new neighbourhood centre is anchored by a full-line Coles supermarket, with a new market-style shopping experience including a large fresh produce area, an in-store bakery, a continental deli and in-store butcher.
The 5000 square metre centre, developed by Coles, also offers a mix of specialty retailers including a medical centre, nail salon and barber shop, a range of casual dining offerings including Willow Thai Restaurant and The Shed Café, as well as ample shaded parking.
The centre also incorporates several green initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Over 370 solar panels have been installed on the roof which will generate electricity equivalent to the usage of 25 average Australian homes. Additional eco-friendly features include an electric car charging unit in the carpark, LED lighting fitted throughout the shopping centre and a 25,000 litre tank for the collection and storage of reusable rainwater for the gardens.
Richard Rhydderch, Stockland General Manager for NSW Residential, said: “Willowdale Shopping Centre is set to become the ‘go to’ retail destination for all Leppington and Denham Court residents, making it easier than ever to pop to the shops for milk and bread, visit a doctor or meet friends for a coffee.
“We are extremely excited to see the new Willowdale Shopping Centre open today, creating more than 160 local jobs for Western Sydney and providing an integral piece to the Willowdale masterplan.
“Willowdale, is one of the most sought-after communities in NSW, with buyers drawn by its affordability, location and proximity to local employment centres, educational facilities and recreational areas. This new shopping centre will take the community one step closer to being one of the most liveable new precincts in Sydney.”
Willowdale already features over 1,800 new homes, sporting fields, a community centre and a retirement village, and is now the fastest growing community in the South West Growth Centre.
Upon completion, the 350 hectare community will feature more than 3,200 dwellings for 10,000 residents, as well as 25 hectares of parks and playgrounds, and a planned new primary school.
Willowdale is ideally located near the new Leppington Train Station and $2 billion South West Rail Link with convenient access to the M5 and M7 motorways.
Mr Rhydderch said Willowdale had been designed to be a connected community offering an enviable yet affordable family lifestyle with everything on your doorstep.
“We have consciously thought about every detail when designing Willowdale. From free fitness classes with Live Life Get Active to the creation of Willowdale Community Place – a sustainable house which functions as a community centre for playgroups, and DIY workshops.”
Customers can buy a 300 square metre lot and build new single storey, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house at Willowdale starting from $650,000.
“At Stockland, we are determined to keep the Great Australian Dream alive, by making it achievable for buyers to still build and own a new home in Sydney with prices significantly under the median house price”, said Richard Rhydderch.
Buyers can register their interest in Willowdale at the Sales and Information Centre on Willowdale Drive (entry off Camden Valley Way), online atwww.stockland.com.au/willowdale or by calling 13 LAND (13 5263).
Willowdale Shopping Centre retail list: