THE Pines Shopping Centre at Elanora is set to commence a $30 million development that will include an ALDI and full-range Woolworths along with a range of new specialty stores.
Works are scheduled to begin in early 2015, with the northern section of the Centre to make way for the new fresh food outlets and an additional 15 specialty stores.
On completion, The Pines will be the only shopping centre on the southern Gold Coast with all three major supermarkets – Coles, Woolworths and ALDI.
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Centre Manager Hilary Jacobs said the revitalisation of The Pines was important to customers and to the local area.
“The Pines is the largest community shopping centre in the area, and this redevelopment is designed to ensure the Centre keeps up with growth and demand,” said Ms Jacobs.
“As well as an even bigger commitment to fresh food retailers, The Pines will have a new and convenient rooftop car park, new amenities and a fresh look, inside and out.
“Main trade area spending is expected to grow by $940 million by 2026, and the population around The Pines is expected to reach 145,000 in that time, so these are important additions to make to the Centre now.
“Importantly, the works will create around 240 direct and indirect construction jobs, and upwards of 340 direct and indirect retail jobs once complete, which is fantastic for our community.”
The existing Woolworths will be expanded to a much larger 4,750m2 store, complete with sushi and pizza bar, bakery and a full range of fresh food – and is expected to be one of the largest Woolworths stores in Queensland.
“That’s great news for our customers,” added Ms Jacobs. “During the redevelopment, Woolworths staff will be relocated to other Woolworths supermarkets in the region, retaining local jobs.”
Customers can continue to shop at their favourite stores at The Pines including Coles, with over 70 stores remaining open. Casual stores beyond BWS and Flight Centre at the northern end of the centre will close for the redevelopment. However What’s Cheap will remain trading throughout construction, with an alternative entrance created from the exterior of the Centre next to the existing Pillow Talk.
Access to around 50 carparks servicing the northern mall will close temporarily to make way for the construction and reconfiguration of the northern end of the Centre, which will have a rooftop carpark added with 200 car spaces.
The works will include a lift and travelators to the new rooftop carpark, a new east-west mall, and a makeover of the exterior of the Centre.
Construction is expected to take 12 months, with the final stages completed by early 2016.