The Peel region’s new shopping and dining destination was unveiled to the community this morning, as the new look Mandurah Forum officially opened its doors.
Following a $350 million redevelopment over the past 22 months, the local community is now set to enjoy an unparalleled retail and lifestyle experience in the new and beating ‘Heart of the South’.
Following the addition of approximately 26,000 sqm, the new 64,000 sqm Mandurah Forum is anchored by iconic Australian and international brands including David Jones, H&M, Mecca Maxima, Target, Kmart, Big W, Coles and Woolworths. The redevelopment also includes a new fresh food hall, a large indoor-outdoor restaurant and casual alfresco dining area precincts and 194 specialty retailers.
The new development was opened this morning by Vicinity CEO and Managing Director Grant Kelley, ISPT Fund Manager Mark Bassett, State Member for Mandurah David Templeman and Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie, with members of the Mandurah community exploring the new centre and taking part in opening day celebrations.
Vicinity CEO and Managing Director Grant Kelley said Vicinity and its partners were pleased to have delivered the project on time and within budget. “Our $350 million dollar investment in the Mandurah Forum redevelopment is as much about investing in the centre as it is in the future of Mandurah and the Peel region, and creating a great place for the people in this area to shop, play and dine.
“Importantly, we know the redevelopment has helped create a boost in the local economy which includes about 700 new, ongoing jobs in retail, service and hospitality for the local community at the centre,” Mr Kelley said.
He said the transformed Mandurah Forum is unlike anything the region had experienced before. “Mandurah now has a shopping and dining precinct of the calibre that any city in Australia would be proud of.”
Mr Kelley said it was an important day for both Vicinity and co-owners ISPT, and that Mandurah Forum marked the first major regional shopping centre redevelopment project for both companies in Western Australia.
Mr Sam Curry, ISPT’s General Manager, Retail Services said: “We are delighted to see this final stage of the redevelopment open and deliver new brands and retail offerings to the Mandurah region, expanding the choice for our customers and improving the amenity for the community. We see the new Mandurah as a very sound investment fit for the delivery of sustainable long term returns to our investors.”
Mandurah Forum Centre Manager Jacqueline McKenzie said she was looking forward to hearing from customers about the redeveloped centre throughout the day. “I am delighted to finally reveal the completed centre to our customers and our retailers, who now have the best retail experience in the region right on their doorstep.
“The new centre is a true one-stop shopping and dining destination which caters for the whole family as well as the thousands of visitors we welcome to the area each year with exciting fresh food, fashion and lifestyle offerings,” Ms McKenzie said.
“The local community has been deeply involved in this redevelopment and patient throughout this process. I hope they are as excited as we are to have this new community hub in the heart of our amazing city.”
Mandurah Forum’s launch celebrations will continue tomorrow and throughout the weekend, with the centre and a range of retailers treating customers to exclusive offers, entertainment and giveaways.
For a full launch weekend program, which includes everything from Paw Patrol stage shows, David Jones gift bags, Mecca Maxima giveaways, live music and free food tastings, please visit the Mandurah Forum website www.mandurahforum.com.au
Mandurah Forum is one of a number of major investments that Vicinity Centres has made into the Western Australian economy over the past few years, amounting to more than $600 million and includes the completed expansion of Halls Head Central, current projects at DFO Perth and Midland Gate and the future expansion of Galleria
Mandurah Forum is co-owned by Vicinity Centres and ISPT.
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