WOOLWORTHS has started work on its new $3M shopping centre development in booming North Parramatta.
The neighborhood shopping centre promises to bring significant employment opportunities to the local community with 200 jobs during construction and approximately 100 ongoing jobs when the centre opens in 2024.
Located at 1-9 North Rocks Rd, North Rocks, the new development will be home to 3800 sq m of retail space including a full-line, modern Woolworths Supermarket, six-bay direct to boot service, BWS, six specialty tenancies including a World Gym and five food and service tenancies accompanied by an undercover outdoor dining area.
A ceremonial sod turning marked the official start of construction, attended by Mayor of the City of Parramatta, Cr Sameer Pandey and Woolworths General Manager Property Development, Andrew Loveday.
“The North Parramatta development is an important part of our ongoing commitment to investing in North-West Sydney – and across NSW – to support jobs growth and increasing demand for more localised, neighborhood retail close to where residents live and work,” Mr Loveday said.
“We understand the key role our shopping centres can play in the day to day lives of local residents and the location of this centre on the corner of two major link roads, helping connect Western Sydney and the CBD, means residents can easily pick up groceries on their way home.
“On completion, this new centre will become a high quality and convenient shopping destination – ensuring residents in the immediate catchment areas don’t need to travel too far for their shopping needs.”
State Member for Parramatta and Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta Council Cr Donna Davis said: “I welcome this significant investment at a time when our economy is recovering from the impacts of COVID and it is pleasing to see there will be improvements to local transport infrastructure as part of this project.
‘This new shopping centre will become a valued resource for our community, especially for those living in surrounding suburbs.”
To support the project, Woolworths will help construct a pedestrian connection bridge into the new shopping centre via North Rocks Rd. This will create a safe access route for customers looking to visit.
There will also be space for the parking of 225 cars, the inclusion of 16 new cycle bays and more than 450 solar panels across the centre’s rooftop which will offset 20% of the store’s energy needs.
“We’re confident we can deliver local residents a modern convenient shopping centre and supermarket that will meet their needs well into the future,” Mr Loveday said.
“We look forward to welcoming customers into our store in 2024.”