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Woolies to anchor Green Square development

woolworthsSupermarket giant, Woolworths, has signed on as an anchor tenant at UrbanGrowth and Mirvac’s new project, the $8 billion Green Square Town Centre.

The new supermarket, expected to open by mid-2017, will take prime position as the gateway retail operator for the precinct, located in the main tenancy space on the ground floor of the Ebsworth apartment building, at the northern end of the 14-hectare shopping centre.

Woolworths is the first retail tenant to commit to the new shopping destination. The new supermarket will occupy a 2000sqm space which will feature a full product range with a focus on the ‘fresh’ department offering fruit and vegetables, a wide selection of cheeses, salads and bakery items, as well as a Woolworths speciality café, sushi bar, deli, bakery and BWS, the developers stated.

Steve Driscoll, UrbanGrowth NSW’s head of CBD Projects, said the Woolworths signing was a significant milestone in the delivery of a new high street and popular destination for Sydney.

“Ebsworth High Street is the first critical piece of infrastructure for the new Town Centre,” Driscoll said. “From mid next year existing and new Green Square residents alike will start to benefit from the convenience of having a wide range of amenity right on their doorstep, all within easy walking distance of their homes.”

Development partners UrbanGrowth NSW and Mirvac are in discussions with a number of high quality, specialist, and artisan style retailers who have shown interest in the two tenancies available on either side of the Woolworths store.

“The high quality of the retail offering combined with the nearby Green Square Train Station will attract shoppers from other postcodes, contributing to a diverse social scene and village style atmosphere into the evenings and on weekends,” Driscoll said.

John Carfi, Mirvac head of residential, said welcoming Woolworths and achieving the right retail mix was an essential step in creating a healthy, connected new community.

“At Mirvac we understand that a vital part of creating places where people can live, work and socialise is about ensuring our residents have easy access to a wide range of amenities to suit a diverse set of lifestyles,” Carfi said. “Green Square represents a blank canvas opportunity to something quite different that both services the community but also reflects the unique identity of the Town Centre.”

Carfi said they are currently in talks with specialist retailers, as well as a cinema operator and other potential tenants to ensure the right mix to cover every day needs and also attract visitors from across Sydney. He added with Woolworths on board, they expect a host of other retail brands to quickly follow suit.

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