Shopping expansion to create jobs

An artists impression of Springfield’s Orion Shopping Centre.
An artists impression of Springfield’s Orion Shopping Centre.

THE battle for shoppers in the western corridor is to hit new heights with the expansion of a major retail centre in Ipswich.

The Orion shopping centre in Springfield has revealed its plans for stage 2 of its growth, which is set to bring a further 40 stores to the complex.

The development, which is soon expected to win approval from Ipswich City Council, will create 550 jobs during its construction and a further 600 retail jobs once complete.

A new shopping centre is already on the cards for Ipswich CBD and Indooroopilly shopping centre in Brisbane is already undergoing a major facelift.

Work is expected to be underway later this year on the 5500sqm development which will bring an additional 596 car parks and a tavern.

Councillor Paul Tully said the expansion is a strong sign in the confidence in the fledgling western corridor.

"It's the first major extension to the Orion Centre. It's an excellent development for the western corridor and it will be an attraction for residents from Logan City and Brisbane's western suburbs," he said.

Cr Tully said the development adds weight to the belief the greater Springfield region will live up to its potential.

"The western corridor is growing. The Springfield area is growing but it shows Mirvac's confidence in the area and that it wants to keep pace with the growth in the area."

Mirvac acquired the Orion Town Centre in August 2002 and opened the shopping centre in March 2007.

It still has some way to rival Riverlink as Ipswich's biggest shopping centre.

A Mirvac spokesman said the proposed expansion was in response to community feedback for more variety and aims to meet the needs and expectations of customers by providing greater retail choice and key services in the local area.

"The expansion is important to the shopping centre. Customer and retailer demand to grow and improve the retail offer is driving the proposed Supermarket Expansion," the spokesman said.

"Subject to Council approval of the Area Development Plan, and other conditions being satisfied, works could commence on the supermarket expansion in the second half of 2012. We expect to be able to provide the community with a further update on the plans for Orion in mid 2012."

The redevelopment of the Orion Shopping Centre continues the region's bright future as plans for the commuter train line forge ahead.

The train line will include Springfield and Springfield Central stations, the latter situated adjacent to the shopping complex.

Topics:  jobs, retail, shopping



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