Stockland Green Hills will benefit Maitland’s entire business community by reducing retail leakage from the area and keeping shoppers in the city, centre manager Chris Travers has said.
Mr Travers, speaking at the Maitland Business Chamber’s breakfast on Thursday, talked up the wider benefits of the nearly-completed shopping precinct, saying he was confident the positive impact would extend beyond the revamped mega centre.
“The investment Stockland has put into Green Hills show the confidence in the city’s trade community,”Mr Travers told chamber members.
“For us, it’s trying to widen the usage which stops people from travelling and keeps shoppers in the area.
“Even things like spending nearly $30m on roadwork around the centre will have long-term benefits.”
Mr Travers, who relocated with his young family eight years ago to head the centre, said with Newcastle largely land-locked, he expected Maitland business to go “from strength to strength” as the Lower Hunter population swells in the coming years.
Timezone, JB Hi-Fi, David johns, MECCA and Seed will be among the shops unfurled in the fourth and final opening stage on March 22.
Mr Travers also said work was also pushing ahead on the centre’s seven-screen Hoyts cinema complex.
He confirmed that the aim was to have the cinema operating by late May or early June to coincide with the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise.
Mr Travers said the movies would “definitely” be open by the June school holidays at the latest.