ISPT senior development manager Robert Fleming and Frankston City Mayor Kris Bolam inspect progress on the Karingal Hub expansion.
Work on the $160 million Karingal Hub expansion has ramped up ahead of its scheduled opening later this year.
Frankston City Mayor Kris Bolam toured the site last month with CEO Phil Cantillon and said the upgraded centre would include new retailers, dining and entertainment venues, playgrounds, and more free parking. “The revitalised shopping centre will be an absolute asset to Karingal,” Cr Bolam said. “I commend (centre owner) ISPT for investing in our community and encourage other developers to explore the benefits of Frankston City.”
Mr Cantillon said the development was “the largest private investment locally in decades and is creating jobs and providing attractive new dining, retail and entertainment options which will boost our economy by ensuring people shop close to home”.
ISPT’s general manager of retailer services, Sam Curry, said the company was pleased with the progress of work during what had been a challenging 12 months. “We have reached a significant number of milestones, including the unveiling of our new food court, a refurbished Woolworths store, opening of the new lower ground carpark along with upgrades to our existing internal malls and centre entrances,” Mr Curry said.
As well as Woolworths, Coles and Aldi supermarkets, the centre will include a Big W, a market-style fresh food mall, a mix of specialty retailers, and a modern dining and entertainment precinct. A range of eateries and play spaces for children will complement the Village Cinemas complex, and the number of free carparks will be increased by 650 to 2750. The redevelopment is expected to create more than 200 jobs during construction and 300 ongoing full-time and part-time jobs.
Meanwhile, if you’re checking out Woolworths between now and March 20, you can donate to the Life-Gate food drive, which provides food to those in need.