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Centres service Busselton’s growing population

BUSSELTON’S retail precinct is set for a big boost with two major shopping centres to open within a year.

The first is Foodland Associated Ltd’s $9 million Busselton General Shopping Centre, which will be the new home of the town’s Action store and 20 specialty shops.

The existing Action store will relocate to the 4000sq m premises.

Located on the old Busselton Primary School site on the corner of Prince and Kent Streets, the Busselton General Shopping centre is expected to welcome its first customers in September this year.

Builders Broad Construction Services managing director Kari Rummukainen said the FAL centre would cater to Busselton’s growing population.

“Overall, the surging population in the South West of the State is resulting in a growing demand for improved shopping facilities in major centres throughout the region,” Mr Rummukainen said.

“Busselton in particular requires a major shopping centre because it is recording one of the highest population growth rates in Australia.”

The second project involves the redevelopment of the heritage-listed Vasse Hotel in Queen Street.

A Woolworths supermarket and a small number of specialty stores will be accommodated in the centre, along with a renovated tavern and bottleshop. Owned by Saracen Properties, the completed project has an estimated total value of $11.5 million and is expected to open its doors in time for the Christmas period.

Shire of Busselton statutory planning manager Tim Koroveshi said the two shopping centres would bring great benefits to the town in terms of shopper selection and competition and local employment.

“Shoppers will have a bigger selection of supermarkets, which will give them greater choice and help with prices,” he said.

“The projects will consolidate our growing central business district and will be good for generating employment within the community.”

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