Charter Hall Retail confirmed the approvals were in place for the $58 million redevelopment to proceed.
“Charter Hall Retail REIT is proud to be making this investment at Secret Harbour Shopping Centre which will boost economic activity in the local economy and significantly enhance the retail offering,” Charter Hall Retain fund manager Scott Dundas said.
“Our investment in Secret Harbour Shopping Centre will deliver a more convenient, vibrant and enjoyable shopping experience.
“We are in discussions with a number of new retail and commercial tenants, who we think will complement existing retailers and provide a new and exciting shopping experience for the community.”
The South-West Joint Development Assessment Panel and City of Rockingham approved the expansion and refurbishment works last year.
The redevelopment will deliver a major refurbishment of the existing centre, including the expansion of the existing Woolworths store, plus the introduction of two new major retailers, Coles and Aldi, and an array of specialty retailers.
Aldi will be a key anchor tenant in the revitalised centre and is anticipated will be one of its first stores in Western Australia.
Secret Harbour Shopping Centre retailers Steve and Nat Del Rosso said they were excited about the prospect of a centre upgrade and the benefits it would offer their customers.
“As owners of Clearwater Surf and an existing tenant, we can’t wait for this state of the art extension,” they said.
“It will bring a new level of shopping to the area and we are excited to offer our customers a larger, more vibrant store.”
About 4136sq m of additional retail and commercial space will be created in the works, and about 250 new jobs will be created. “The shopping centre redevelopment is very exciting for Secret Harbour community,” Secret Harbour Residents’ Association president Julie Glover said.
“The new design is innovative and fresh and will definitely be a further drawcard and, with the rapid growth in this area, I think the redevelopment is necessary and most importantly will provide job opportunities for our local community.”