JUST 12 months after the first sod was turned, the new Halls Head Central shopping centre opened in a burst of colour and huge crowds on Thursday.
The $55 million centre, opened by Vicinity Centres executive general manager development Jonathan Timms, Tourism Minister Kim Hames and Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone, boasts 56 specialty shops with Bunnings opening soon and Aldi in June.
Mr Timms said the centre included a superior Kmart, employing more than 100 local people, a transformed Coles, impressive dining precinct and a $600,000 children’s playground.
“With a coastal design throughout, the centre gives customers the chance to shop, eat, sip and enjoy time with family and friends.
He said the centre had been completed on time and under budget.
The centre also boasts 1000 car parking spaces and most were filled early on opening day.
After watching the ribbon-cutting ceremony, customers strolled along the new light and airy mall, taking up many of the bargains on offer.
The new centre has tripled in size and is designed to cater for a booming population that is expected to grow by more than 30,000 over the next eight years
The next cab off the rank will be Mandurah Forum where work is expected to start on a $350 million revamp later this year.