IN August shoppers will have a bigger choice of fresh food when eight retailers specialising in fresh produce open in the Midland Gate extension.
A new-look and bigger Coles will open in the extension as part of a fresh food market hall with deli and baked goods, fresh fish and fruit and vegetables.
The fresh food area has curves in the ceiling to recognise the Midland area’s railway heritage.
There are some feature sections in the extension, which use traditional bricks from Midland Brick.
A Harris Scarfe store will use part of where Coles is now located with the remaining space to be occupied by a Rebel outlet, which will also take up some floorspace in the extension.
By the time the shopping centre holds a re-launch in November it will have the re-positioned Coles, an Aldi, JB Hi-Fi, a new generation Kmart, Target, Big W and Woolworths plus another 35 specialty retailers.
Midland Gate centre manager Alison Broadbent said with a focus on fashion and homewares the new arrivals would bring the total number of retailers at the centre to 215.
Ms Broadbent said visitors would also benefit from 250 new undercover parking bays, upgraded amenities and new parenting rooms.
She said the project team had included initiatives designed with sustainability in mind.
“Clay removed from the site at the beginning of construction has been drying ready to turn into bricks, while about 25m of timber salvaged from a number of gum trees has been earmarked for in-centre projects such as furniture and public art,’’ she said.
“We are currently in the process of identifying public art projects that will add to the vibrancy and energy of Midland gate as it looks ahead to the next decade.’’
Meanwhile, work continues on the upgrade to the centre’s dining precinct with two new eateries, revitalised alfresco areas and a new-look streetscape.
She said Mad Mex fresh Mexican Grill was set to open in July and Lone Star Rib House expected to follow in August.
The $100 million expansion and redevelopment project will increase the size of Midland gate by more than 20 per cent to nearly 70,000sqm.
By Anita McInnes