WOOLWORTHS Shopping Centres has confirmed the grand opening of the new Central Highlands Marketplace will be on Thursday, March 15.
The $56 million development commenced in March, 2011, and on completion is anticipated to be the premier shopping destination in the Central Highlands region with a total retail space of more than 18,000sq m.
The Central Highlands Marketplace will offer the region's first full line discount department store in Big W, along with a Woolworths supermarket, Dick Smith and more 25 specialty stores including Chemist Direct, a newsagency, Reid Liquor bottleshop, Goldmark Jewellers, EB Games, Cotton On, Spend-less Shoes, Industrie, and Homeart confirmed.
"We are excited to officially open the marketplace on Thursday, March 15," said centre management's Lynn-Maree Travers.
"The centre will provide a greater variety as an easy, convenient shopping destination for the people of the Central Highlands region."
Ms Travers said it would meet community expectations by providing a greater range of stores and improved retail amenities, while maintaining a design that complements the regional location.
Grand opening celebrations include appearances by children's characters, giveaways and the chance for shoppers to win WISH gift cards.