In response to the increased retail demand in this fast growing trade area, The Marketplace is undergoing a $60m redevelopment to create a convenient, people-friendly place that is the first choice for shopping, cafes and dining in the Town Centre.
The expansion of the centre will provide a greater range of retailers and services for Gungahlin, with more choices for families and more dining options throughout the day and evening. The redevelopment includes a brand new, latest concept, Kmart store and 25 specialty retail stores, creating a lively hub for the community to connect, to shop and to enjoy.
In response to the growing demand for parking in Gungahlin, The Marketplace's extensions also include a new, 2 level, undercover car park for over 500 cars, with the expansion of the centre over the existing on-grade car park adjoining Woolworths. The redevelopment will improve the connection between the Woolworths, Big W and planned Kmart precincts, with a tunnel being built under Hibberson St that will link the two car parks, giving seamless access to over 1,300 car spaces. A new entry to the Big W mall will be created as well as a new and upgraded Hibberson Street bus shelter.
Once construction is complete, The Marketplace will offer Woolworths, Big W and Kmart, plus 20 places to eat and drink, 100 specialty stores and 1,300 parking spaces! Development Manager, Phillip Knackstedt, said the redevelopment would provide an “improvement of the shopping experience for Gungahlin residents with a greater choice of retail stores as well as more convenient parking to service everyday shopping needs”.
“The expansion of The Marketplace is great news for Gungahlin. It will provide increased jobs for local residents both during and after construction and the addition of yet another key retail anchor in Kmart will further reinforce The Marketplace as the shopping destination of choice for the region. Upon completion the community will know ‘The Marketplace’ as one centre”, Mr Knackstedt went on to say.
The exciting improvements are due for completion prior to Christmas 2016, with The Marketplace continuing to trade as normal throughout the works.
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