CONSTRUCTION has begun on the new Wattle Grove shopping centre, which will house one of the first Aldi supermarkets in WA when it opens mid-2016.
The Hale Road complex will provide a range of job opportunities, including in construction and retail.
Shops and services, in addition to the discount giant, will include a large medical centre, fitness centre, childcare facility, dentist, pharmacy, newsagent and hair and beauty salon.
A bakery and cafe will feature among the food and beverage outlets.
Subiaco-based Devwest Group founder and chief executive Tony Hatt said the centre would offer a much sought-after, convenient shopping facility in a burgeoning area.
The population of Wattle Grove has doubled since the 2006 census, with further growth expected as nearby housing estates continue to expand.
Devwest is developing the 3000sq m retail centre, with the Aldi store as the anchor tenant.
The centre will have parking for 165 cars and easy access from Hale Road.
Previously, Devwest flagged IGA as the likely lead supermarket and a shopping centre opening in 2013.
But Aldi has since agreed to a 10-year lease with further options.
The German company is investing heavily in WA.
Work on a giant warehouse and distribution centre at Jandakot Airport is underway to supply its network of up to 80 stores across the State.
Mr Hatt said the group looked forward to making further deals with Aldi “hopefully further down the track”.
Other nearby Aldi supermarkets are planned for Midland and Ellenbrook, with construction in progress for the Mundaring store.
Whyte Constructions, of Canning Vale, is the main contractor for the Wattle Grove build.
Mr Hatt said Devwest would retain ownership of the retail centre on completion.
“The business is seeking to diversify its property portfolio and sees the opportunity to position itself as a long-term retail asset owner,” Mr Hatt said.
“Leasing inquiry for the shopping centre has been strong, with speciality retail tenants attracted by the location and design of the centre, as well as the long-term commitment by Aldi to the site,” he said. Devwest has a pipeline of more than $550 million of diversified projects predominantly in suburban Perth.