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Building work begins on Broken Hill Village Shopping Centre

26 June 2013    


Jobs bonanza continues for local community

Building work has officially started on the new $35 million Broken Hill Village shopping centre following the completion of extensive civil construction works.

To be celebrated today by Broken Hill City Council Mayor Wincen Cuy with management from Coles and Hutchinson Builders, the start of building construction on the Gossan Street site is a major milestone for the development.

Developed by Coles, the Broken Hill Village shopping centre will be underpinned by a full-line Coles supermarket, Target and Cheap as Chips stores, plus 13 specialty shops.

Significantly, it has already created dozens of construction jobs during the civil works phase over the past 12 months and will have generated approximately 200 construction jobs for the local community by the time the centre opens in April next year.

Hundreds more permanent retail jobs will be created once the centre opens, including more than 100 team member positions at Coles – well above the 32 positions at the existing Coles store on Patton Street.

Coles State General Manager Emma Smith says the development will continue to provide wide-ranging benefits to the local community.

“Broken Hill Village shopping centre is going to be a terrific new addition to the town and is importantly providing crucial new jobs for Broken Hill residents, both in construction and eventually when the centre opens,” she said.

“Coles is thrilled to be able to support local employment through such a development, which will ultimately generate 200 construction jobs in the local community and eventually hundreds of new permanent retail positions.”

Ms Smith says the local community can look forward to seeing significant building progress on-site over coming months.

“Now that we have completed extensive civil works on-site, we are moving into the next phase of constructing the actual stores and surrounding infrastructure which is really exciting,” she said.

“It will be great to see such a fantastic new shopping precinct develop over coming months, with plans still on track to officially open the centre to customers in late April next year.

“We think the Broken Hill Village shopping centre including a new market-style Coles store will set a new benchmark for local shoppers.

“The new Coles store will feature an open bakery where professional bakers will prepare delicious breads and cakes, while an open preparation meat room will house skilled butchers to provide shoppers with the best cuts of meat available.

“The new Coles store will also stock the best range of products, including great local food from suppliers such as McLeod’s Traditional Bakeries which will continue to provide fresh pies, pasties and sausage rolls every day for our customers.

“Complementing the new Coles store will be an excellent mix of retail outlets and specialty shops, which we are confident will be embraced by the local community.”

For media enquiries please contact Kieran Hall at Hughes Public Relations on (08) 8412 4100 or kieran@hughespr.com.au.