The first sod has been turned on one of Ipswich’s most anticipated developments – Yamanto Central shopping centre.
The “next-generation” centre is a part of stage one of Yamanto Town Centre and will be open in early 2021.
It will deliver a 20,000 square metre retail precinct including a Coles supermarket, latest generation Kmart, market style fresh food precinct, outdoor dining and more than 50 specialty shops.
The centre will have 950 car parks.
Queensland-based shopping centre owner and manager JMK Retail is constructing the centre with development management group DMA Partners.
JMK Retail general manager Vicki Leavy said Yamanto Central was the company’s “most inspiring and exciting development to date”.
“Yamanto Central is set to deliver the greater Yamanto district an epicentre with a long-awaited, immersive, social precinct that has been thoughtfully designed to energise the local community to embrace as their own,” Ms Leavy said.
“Yamanto Central is centrally located catering to the existing trade area of 48,000 underserviced residents who are incredibly excited for the development to be completed.
“As the catalyst for what the Yamanto Town Centre will grow from, this next-generation subregional shopping centre is set to be a hive of activity delivering much needed retail amenity to one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.”
DMR Partners managing director Ryan Andersen said Yamanto central Shopping Centre will redefine subregional shopping centres and demonstrate the demand for places that act as a community hub.
“This project is a labor of love from everyone on the development team over the past five years; we are all passionate about delivering an amazing asset to the region,” Mr Andersen said.
“Today marks a momentous occasion as the local hub and core for the Yamanto precinct begins to take shape.”
Coles state property manager Andrew Zeller said local residents could expect a contemporary and exciting shopping experience at Yamanto Central.
“Coles is committed to the growing Ipswich community and we’re delighted to work with the developer to bring a state-of-the-art supermarket to Yamanto, which will create more than 80 new retail jobs when completed, as well as new jobs during the construction period,” Mr Zeller said.
“The new market-style store will offer a tailored range and will feature an in-store bakery, open-style meat counter with a qualified butcher, gourmet deli and large fresh produce area.”