Prime Group’s $30 million Baldivis Square shopping centre on Makybe Drive opens its doors on Monday.
The 6000sqm shopping centre, anchored by an IGA supermarket, has 16 specialty retailers, including a dentist and medical centre, and work on a childcare centre will start before the end of the year.
The centre is expected to transform the strip into a bustling, pedestrian-friendly meeting place with outdoor seating, bike racks, trees, landscaping and public art.
Prime Group managing director Joe Passione said the developer wanted to create a community focal point and had worked hard on creating open spaces and carefully selecting high-quality tenants.
Axia Commercial Property’s Adam Musbah said the neighbourhood centre was fully leased, apart from one contested restaurant space.
The centre has committed to creating an inner-city atmosphere with a strong emphasis on local community engagement. For example, Baldivis IGA owner Pat Rock said it was supporting local producers where possible, including Baldivis Fresh Eggs and local Peel District wines and WA craft beers.
Owner of the cafe, Brother of Mine, Jos Whettingsteel, who has worked with Jamie Oliver in Britain, will be working with Makybe Rise Primary School students to maintain the herb garden.
Baldivis, 46km south of Perth, was developed for residents in the 1990s and is one of the fastest growing suburban areas with a big proportion of young families and several new schools built in recent years. Stockland developed the first Baldivis residential estate, Settlers Hills, and opened Baldivis shopping centre in 2007.