The much-anticipated Ingleburn Village will open its doors the public next Thursday – and the opening will be one to remember.
Organisers are promising the December 14 launch will be “one-of-a-kind” and a “real spectacular”.
The shopping centre, formerly known as Ingleburn Fair, has had its ups and downs over the years, but promoter Linda Screnci said the opening event would be a great chance to thank the community.
“It’s our way of giving back to the Ingleburn people,” she said.
“They’ve had to put up with some unsettled times over the years and we want to give them a fun event to put Ingleburn back on the map.”
The grand opening will have a carnival theme, with stilt-walkers, food trucks, popcorn, fairy floss and giveaways.
It will kick off at 5pm with official proceedings – including speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony – planned for 6pm.
“It’s going to be a must-see event,” Ms Screnci said.
“It has a real carnival feel, a top-end-of-town affair.
“This is a big event and we want it to set a precedent for Ingleburn and bring the city forward.
“The stilt-walkers are going to be amazing, they’ll be lit up and walking down Macquarie Street, which will be closed.”
Ms Screnci said the 16-tenancy centre – which is anchored by the already-open Coles – would feature a pharmacy, restaurants, medical services and the Commonwealth Bank.
She said the majority of stores would be trading on the opening night.
There are also 440 car spaces across the road in an extended community parking bay.
Ingleburn Village is also partnering with the Silver Coin Project to raise funds for underprivileged kids who do not have school necessities.
Ms Screnci said there would be a display at the centre where shoppers could drop their spare change to help local kids.
They owners are expecting a big crowd for the public opening (launches at their other centres have been invite-only) and can’t wait to welcome locals into the Ingleburn Village family.