THE third stage of Cockburn Gateway Shopping City has opened.
Customers waited eagerly on Thursday morning to be among the first to get a glimpse of the $100 million redevelopment, which extended the centre from 30,000sq m to 50,000sq m and took the total number of stores past the 150 mark.
On top of that, the centre has added a community piazza area with eight restaurants, alfresco dining, a water feature, a stage area and playground.
With motorists pouring in and contractors still working to get restaurants at the new piazza up and running, the extra 1200 parking bays got a working over.
The new underground parking bay technology worked as planned, with green and red lights showing drivers where there were free spots.
Perron Group’s general property manager Andrew Byars said the centre had grown substantially from the two supermarkets and two shops in an empty paddock it was 14 years ago.
‘It’s now a hub for fashion and food,’ he said.