Construction has begun at the site of the new Lakelands Shopping Centre, which is scheduled to open mid-2017.
The shopping centre will have a 5000sqm Coles supermarket, a 6000sqm Kmart store, a 1600sqm ALDI store, a child care centre, a medical facility and a pharmacy.
Space has been set aside for a restaurant, a service station, a gym and two fast food outlets.
There is room at the retail centre for 40 speciality stores and service providers.
A turning of the sod ceremony was held on-site on Tuesday afternoon (February 9).
Attendees at the ceremony included City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone, chief executive Mark Newman, executives from Peet and the project’s investors.
After the turning the sod Mayor Vergone said the Lakelands Town Centre will bring a number of positive benefits to Lakelands residents.
“Once completed, local residents will be able to conveniently access shopping, services and facilities,” she said.
“I’m excited to see this new development take shape, as it will be a welcome addition to this growing suburb and will go a long way towards community connectivity.
“The Lakelands Town Centre will also help Mandurah’s employment prospects, creating jobs across a range of industries during both construction and operating phases.”
There will be more than 1100 car bays to accommodate shoppers and visitors to the shopping centre.
A new intersections at Banksiadale Gate and Lake Valley Drive at Mandurah Road will be built, providing two additional entry points into Lakelands Private Estate.
These new intersections will be complete in time for the shopping centre opening.
City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone was joined by Peet Limited’s Peter Dumas, and ISPT Retail Australia Property Trust’s Ric Maydom to mark the start of construction of the shopping centre.