Centre all set for big reveal

AMP Capital development manager Jennifer Berrigan and Ocean Keys Shopping Centre marketing manager Victoria Hansen on site.
AMP Capital development manager Jennifer Berrigan and Ocean Keys Shopping Centre marketing manager Victoria Hansen on site.

Centre marketing manager Victoria Hansen said they would open stage one of the centre’s development on Thursday, March 20, which includes about 30 stores and 10 food outlets.

Last week, the Times toured the new mall and dining precinct, where about 60 people were working on individual shop fit-outs.

AMP Capital development manager Jennifer Berrigan said they had about another 200 people working on site across the redevelopment, with stage two due to finish at the end of this year.

‘It’s not 100 per cent leased (but) there’s only a few opportunities left for leasing,’ she said.

Ms Hansen said several stores were already doing their fit-outs and stocking shelves, including JB Hi-Fi, Thingz, optometrists and jewellery stores.

‘The main mix for the mall is general merchandise,’ she said. ‘Some existing retailers are relocating to this section.’

Ms Berrigan said the dining precinct would have an eclectic mix of furniture, with two day rooms overlooking Ocean Keys Boulevard that can open on nice days.

‘We have a family play area as well so mums and dads can sit in the food court watching their kids play,’ Ms Hansen said.

The play area has a beach theme, with a giant upturned bucket that children can climb or go into, a giant spade and a beach ball-shaped climbing mound.

There are also toilets and a parents’ room with nappy-changing counters, play areas for toddlers and two feeding rooms.

Ms Hansen said the original shopping centre was 12 to 13 years old and the original architect had designed the expansion as well.

‘The design really is in keeping with the coastal lifestyle of the area,’ Ms Berrigan added.

Ms Hansen said shopper excitement had been building as the opening date neared and tenants were announced.