In a boost for the local community in the region’s newest town, construction will officially commence today on the multimillion-dollar Coles-owned Huntlee Shopping Centre.
As part of the highly-anticipated development, the first new town to be built in the Hunter in more than 50 years will soon welcome a 3200m2 Coles supermarket, an adjacent 200m2 Liquorland and approximately 1000m2 of specialty retailers.
To mark the occasion, the Mayor of Cessnock, Cr Bob Pynsent, Coles State Development Manager, Howard Hathorn and Huntlee Project Director, Stephen Thompson, will unveil a plaque at the future entrance to the centre this afternoon.
Mr Hathorn said Coles is pleased to be the first major retailer to partner with LWP at the new Huntlee Town Centre.
“The Huntlee Shopping Centre will be an outstanding retail hub offering local residents an enhanced shopping experience and a one-stop-shop in the heart of the Huntlee Town Centre,” he said.
“It will include a full-line, market style Coles supermarket, complete with an in-store bakery, open-style meat counter with a qualified butcher, large gourmet deli and fresh produce area, along with a range of specialty shops and approximately 240 convenient, shaded car spaces.
“Coles is committed to investing in the local region and we’re delighted the Huntlee Shopping Centre will create more than 120 new retail jobs, in addition to jobs generated during the construction period.
“We expect the centre to be completed by mid-2020 and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers to the new retail hub at Huntlee.”
LWP Group is both a shareholder in and project manager of Huntlee and its Project Director for Huntlee, Stephen Thompson, said today was a major milestone in the town’s development, marking the transition of Huntlee into a major regional destination.
“Coles was the first organisation to commit to the Huntlee Town Centre back in early 2014,” said Mr Thompson.
“The Coles team understood the vision we were creating for the first new town in the Hunter in more than half a century and, from the start, wanted to be part of forming the bustling retail hub. We warmly welcome Coles to Huntlee and look forward to them delivering this fabulous shopping destination. It will be of great benefit to both our residents and those living in the surrounding region who have eagerly awaited this day.”
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent, also welcomed the new retail hub to the Hunter region.
“It’s great to see growth and development that provides more options for residents. Living in the Cessnock Local Government Area continues to become easier and offers a great lifestyle with increased services and facilities. It’s all a bonus that the facility will also provide more than 120 new retail jobs.”