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Friday, 10th December, 2010

New shopping centre boon for builders

By Andrew Robertson

Broken Hill companies will be in the running to build the city's new $18 million shopping centre which will provide 100 construction jobs for 12 months.

Leasecorp managing director Steve Palyga said yesterday he expected locals to be among those vying for the building contract when it goes out to tender in February.

He said they should be more than competitive against companies which would have to factor in expenses such as accommodation into their tender.

Mr Palyga has already sounded out a number of local builders to determine whether they are interested in the job and if they are capable of doing it.

"I'm getting the message back 'yes, we can do it'." Of the 30-odd people who attended an information session at the Musicians' Club on Wednesday night, Mr Palyga said three quarters were interested in the construction side of the project.

The remainder were there to enquire about leasing a shop in the new centre which is slated to open on the Globe Timber Mill site at Easter in 2012.

"There's a lot of enthusiasm to get involved and that's fantastic," Mr Palyga said. Leasecorp expects to award the tender in late February or early March, by which time it should have obtained building approval from Council, with construction expected to start in March or April, employing 100 people for 12 months.

The company has secured three anchor tenants, a full-line Coles and Target store and a Cheap as Chips franchise, for the shopping centre which will also have 13 speciality stores, two of which have so far been filled. 

The Target store will see the closure of a Country Target in the nearby centre owned by Centro, which took Leasecorp and City Council to the Land and Environment Court earlier this year in an attempt to block the development.

Coles recently confirmed that it intended to close its South supermarket when the new store opens.

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