Anaconda will open its new Rutherford store in the old Masters building on Saturday

GRAND OPENING: Anaconda will open its first Maitland store on the old Masters site at Rutherford this weekend with great specials on offer.
GRAND OPENING: Anaconda will open its first Maitland store on the old Masters site at Rutherford this weekend with great specials on offer.

After much speculation lifestyle and leisure store Anaconda will officially open its new Rutherford store on the former Masters site this weekend.

The official opening will come one week after the opening of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us.

Anaconda Rutherford has employed 20 team members from the local area who will be on hand for Saturday’s 8am opening.

The day will include face painting and a jumping castle for kids, roving musicians and entertainment, a coffee van and barbecue plus loads of in-store prizes, giveaways and super deals throughout the day.

The first 200 customers to make a purchase from the new Anambah Road store, will receive a free backpack and water bottle, valued at over $30.

“We are so excited to open this store as we know the locals in this area love getting out and enjoying the great outdoors,” said Rutherford store manager Elle Molyneaux.

“Bush walking and biking activities are huge in this area and Rutherford is such an awesome location for families of all ages,” she added.

Fairfax Media reported last month how Anaconda was rumoured to be one of several national retail operators to take up residence on the former hardware store site on Anambah Road.

New owner, Home Consortium, outlined plans for some of its former Masters buildings (including Rutherford) as lifestyle and leisure centres which will include Toys “R” Us, Anaconda, Nick Scali and Amart Furniture.

Meanwhile on the eastern side of the city Stockland Green Hills is just weeks away from opening its next stage which will provide an assortment of retail stores and eateries.

Ally Fashion, Emma and Roe jewellery, Vietnamese street food Roll’d, teddy bear outlet Build-a-Bear and book seller Harry Hartog will be part of the assortment opening in November.

The $412 million redevelopment continues to evolve as an exciting regional retail destination. It is on target for a mid 2018 completion and will include a new look David Jones, 900-seat Hoyts cinema and 220 tenancies.