It’s official – Willowdale’s first shopping centre has opened its doors.
The Coles-owned centre in the masterplanned community at Denham Court was unveiled to the public this morning.
The centre features the largest Coles supermarket in the south-west (with an in-house bakery and butchery), real estate agencies, a dental clinic, a medical centre, a nail salon, a barber, Liquorland, a tobacconist, The Shed Cafe and a new Thai restaurant – Willow Thai.
Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic attended the official opening and told the crowd the shopping centre was a great asset to the community.
“It was mentioned to me that Willowdale is being referred to as the perfect estate, and I’m glad people have finally cottoned on to that,” he said.
“It’s the perfect place – a lifespan community.
“The majority of the lovely ladies and gentlemen working here today actually live here in Willowdale – how fantastic is that?
“Coles and this centre are providing employment for people that live in the area and contributing to this perfect estate.”
Willowdale Shopping Centre will employ roughly 120 people and is expected to be the go-to shopping destination for residents in the Stockland-developed estate, Denham Court and Leppington.
The sizeable car park (the majority of which is covered by shade sails) also features an electric car charging unit.
The car park also includes technology to inform shoppers how many spaces are available in each row.
Cr Brticevic also praised the parking area.
“I’ve never seen a car park like it,” he said.
“You can park and be confident that your car won’t be hit by another car door with the extra space that’s available now.”
The mayor said Coles had treated the Macarthur area well.
“Coles in Macarthur have been wonderful,” he said.
“My first local opening was at Macarthur Square and that Coles was very similar to this one, but I think this is the best by far.
“The wide spaces, the inclusiveness and the accessibility is wonderful.”
Stockland general manager for NSW residential Richard Rhydderch said Willowdale Shopping Centre was a welcome inclusion in the $1.1 billion masterplanned community.
“It is easier than ever to pop to the shops for milk and bread, visit a doctor or meet friends for a coffee,” he said.
“We are extremely excited to see the new Willowdale Shopping Centre open today, providing an integral piece to the Willowdale masterplan.
“Willowdale is one of the most sought-after communities in NSW, with buyers drawn by its affordability, location and proximity to local employment centre, educational facilities and recreational areas.
“This new shopping centre will take the community one step closer to being one of the most liveable new precincts in Sydney.”
To celebrate the opening of the centre over the next five days, visitors can expect to see face-painting stations, guest appearances from PAW Patrol’s Fire Dog and a selection of roving entertainers.
A community carnival will also be held on Saturday, with a petting zoo, jumping castle and chance to win giveaways.