THERE’S a new retail player in Subiaco, with a $96 million development on the old Station Street markets site officially open.
Western Suburbs Weekly broke the story about the closure of the markets in August 2014, and three years on, locals can now set foot in the shopping centre in its place.
Marketlane Subi was a joint project between developer Windsor Knight and Seafocus Holding, designed by Taylor Robinson, and is home to a Coles, Target and numerous specialty shops.
“It’s been quite a journey since 2014, closing the market, there was a lot of controversy about that,” Windsor Knight director Greg Pearce said.
“Now presto, we have a building; it’s been a big effort by a lot of people.”
Mr Pearce said Subiaco has been through a period of change since the closure, but he has stayed positive about the area.
“Subiaco will always be vital to the community, and I never had any hesitation about it,” he said.
He said Marketlane Subi isn’t aiming to compete with the Claremont Quarter, but rather provide a different service, particularly with the new Target store.
“There’s been a Target in Fremantle and Innaloo, and it’s been a lot of inconvenience for western suburbs people,” he said.
“I think this store is going to be transformational for retail in Subiaco.”