Australand has launched the tender process to find a builder for its planned $21.4 million Port Coogee shopping centre, after a strong response from retailers keen to secure a store in the masterplanned community which is rapidly taking shape.
Lease Equity managing director Jim Tsagalis said an expressions of interest campaign for retailers to set up at Port Coogee received 50 submissions, following the signing of Woolworths as an anchor tenant.
Mr Tsagalis said a major national pharmacy chain had recently committed, and negotiations would be finalised soon for a newsagent.
“Remaining tenancies are expected to be filled quickly, although it is critical that retailers align with the project vision,” Mr Tsagalis said.
Australand general manager WA Tony Perrin said he expected construction to start by mid-year, with the centre to open in the middle of 2016.
Mr Perrin said the 4,430 square metre mall would become the centrepiece of the Port Coogee development’s Marina Village.
The project was designed by Taylor Robinson Architects.
Mr Perrin said Australand’s first apartment complex at Port Coogee, a 42-unit building, had been designed to integrate with the shipping centre.
Sales for that project are expected to be launched later this year.
Australand is also planning around 200 new apartments in close proximity to the centre, as well as a food and beverage retail strip.
Other developers active at Port Coogee include Match and TRG Properties, while Stirling Capital has also purchased two development sites.