THE opening of Dan Murphy’s marks a milestone in the development of the Summer Centre.
PrimeSpace Property chief executive officer Anthony McDonald says today’s opening will prove a huge drawcard for other retailers looking to move into the centre.
“We’ve been looking forward to this day for a number of years,” Mr McDonald said.
“It looks fantastic.”
Mr McDonald expects the shopping centre to be fully tenanted by May 30, with proprietors of seven of the 13 shops already committed and expected to open by July.
While Mr McDonald wouldn’t reveal what tenants had committed, he confirmed they were a mix of food-related retailers.
“There won’t be any fashion stores,” he said.
Mr McDonald expects the momentum generated by the opening of Dan Murphy’s to help secure the remaining tenants.
While 80 car parks will open today, Mr McDonald said developers were on track to provide 270 car parks for shoppers.
“We’ll be completing the car park in three stages,” he said.
The final stage of the construction will be the demolition of the Canton Chinese restaurant, which will relocate to a new building adjacent to it on Summer Street.
This work will happened some time between May and mid-July.
PrimeSpace will hold a walk-through of the site for Orange councillors, Orange Business Chamber and media on March 11.