Work on major retail expansion continues

WORKS: The redevelopment of Lansell Square continues. Picture: PETER WEAVING

WORKS: The redevelopment of Lansell Square continues. Picture: PETER WEAVING

A MAJOR redevelopment of Lansell Square is running to schedule, the developer says.

The shopping centre is undergoing a $38-million refurbishment.

The Reject Shop has relocated into a new 650 square metre tenancy near Kmart, and has a new store layout.

An additional 215 on-grade car parks recently opened near the Coles entry, and the centre’s recently upgraded amenities have also re-opened.

Refurbishment and tiling works to the existing mall are due for completion in July.

Charter Hall, which owns the property, says the redeveloped centre will open in February 2015.

Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons said the project was one of many major developments in the city.

“It’s a significant amount of money going into the shopping complex,” he said.

“It will be a big boost to Kangaroo Flat.

“The redevelopment of the parking will create much better access.

“So it’s a bit of an ongoing revamp of Kangaroo Flat that will complement the pool once that has opened.”

The state government allocated $15 million to the new pool in Tuesday’s Budget.

Cr Lyons said there was “lots happening” in the area.

“And I think retail is actually going very well,” he said.

“I can’t comment from personal experience, but I think the amount of tourism we’ve created here and the number of events we’ve had since Christmas is bringing outside money in, and I think everyone is doing reasonably well.

“The accommodation places have been fairly full most of the time, enjoying between 70 and 90 per cent occupancy.

“The spin-offs have been fantastic for restaurants and other shops.”

City of Greater Bendigo councillors approved the Lansell Square expansion in November 2012.

The project was initially slated for completion in mid-2014. When the development was first approved, Charter Hall head of retail asset management John Courtney said it would be a significant boost to retail. 

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