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Molonglo’s first shopping centre may open by end of year

By Ian Bushnell - 4 August 2017 7

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The Molonglo Valley’s long-awaited first shopping centre in Coombs may open by the end of the year with retail tenants now being sought.

Burgess Rawson Canberra managing director Guy Randell said negotiations were in train with a major supermarket and liquor store operator, while expressions of interest were being sought for nine other tenancies, including cafes, restaurants, a gastro pub, hair and beauty salon, and newsagent.

Mr Randell said the building itself could be finished relatively soon but the intention was to finalise tenancies and designs and open all the shops together.

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“It could be by the end of the year or early next year,” he said. “Everyone has been hanging for these centres for a long time, and we’re getting close now. We’re in the process of filling them up with the right tenants.”

Mr Randell said the potential supermarket tenant was “really good” fresh food operator and an established independent brand from outside Canberra.

It would anchor the shopping centre on a 1000 square metre site.

A Chinese or Thai restaurant was being sought for the centre’s outdoor dining area, which will have external access so operators can open whenever they wanted.

The wellbeing centre next door already has a medical centre, pharmacy and child care centre confirmed, with five of 11 tenancies left to fill including a gymnasium under negotiation.

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The health and wellbeing centre will have a medical facility and allied health services.

The centre still needed a dentist, small imaging facility and other ancillary professionals but it should be delivered by the end of the year.

The shopping centre will have 127 parking spaces, while the health and wellbeing centre will have more than 200.

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Child care will be an important part of the health and wellbeing centre.

But Mr Randell said the whole development’s central location meant it would be a walk away for most people.

The project had been on the drawing board since 2015 but only got the go-ahead in 2016 after two development applications were rejected and improvements made to the design.

It will serve the 2600 residents of Coombs and Wright, while Molonglo will eventually be the home of  55,000 people.

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Molonglo’s first shopping centre may open by end of year
Nick Johnson 4:13 pm 13 Nov 17

@Spiral @dungfungus

Gowrie pharmacy was established under older pharmacy location rules when pharmacy licenses could be sold and moved around. The current pharmacy location rules came into effect on the 18th of October 2011 and strictly control where a new pharmacy can be established.

The ACT Government does not issue pharmacy licences, a division of the National Department of Health is responsible

details of the requirements can be found here http://www.pbs.gov.au/info/general/sixth-cpa-pages/pharmacy-location-rules

Spiral 10:31 am 11 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

That couldn’t be correct.

There is a large pharmacy at Gowrie shops next to a small supermarket. The closest large supermarket is Coles at Chisholm about 1km away.

As you say, if the Facebook page is to be believed.

Unless the Federal regulations have changed since the Gowrie pharmacy was built.

dungfungus 8:22 am 11 Nov 17

Spiral said :

If the Facebook page is to be believed the problem is that:

Federal regulations will only allow a pharmacy in such a suburban location if it is within 500m of a supermarket greater than 1000 square metres.

ACT regulations will only allow a supermarket in such a suburban location if it is 1000 square metres or less.

Unless the Federal regulations have changed recently it seems that the ACT government has again proved to be incompetent.

I wonder if Bec Cody or Chris Steel are willing to comment, or if they will wash their hands of it like they did last time the size an viability of the Coombs supermarket was raised.

That couldn’t be correct.

There is a large pharmacy at Gowrie shops next to a small supermarket. The closest large supermarket is Coles at Chisholm about 1km away.

As you say, if the Facebook page is to be believed.

Spiral 7:29 am 11 Nov 17

If the Facebook page is to be believed the problem is that:

Federal regulations will only allow a pharmacy in such a suburban location if it is within 500m of a supermarket greater than 1000 square metres.

ACT regulations will only allow a supermarket in such a suburban location if it is 1000 square metres or less.

Unless the Federal regulations have changed recently it seems that the ACT government has again proved to be incompetent.

I wonder if Bec Cody or Chris Steel are willing to comment, or if they will wash their hands of it like they did last time the size an viability of the Coombs supermarket was raised.

Little Gezzy Bear 12:40 pm 09 Nov 17

The ACT government has rejected an application for a pharmacy in the Coombs Health Hub. There is now a petition to ask the commonwealth health minister Greg Hunt to use his power under the National Health Act to approve the pharmacy. You can find the petition on Facebook – “Pharmacy for Coombs”.

Arjay 4:01 pm 04 Aug 17

ElenaM said :

However with the release of these artists impressions it has been confirmed the outdated design was the cause of the delay.

If you think this design is bad, you should have seen the original two designs that vaguely resembled a cheap 70s mausoleum.

Great to see this finally come together, though. It’ll be nice not to have to drive 10 minutes for milk and bread at Cooleman Court.

ElenaM 9:30 am 04 Aug 17

Pleased to hear there is finally a delivery date in sight for this much needed shopping complex however with the release of these artists impressions it has been confirmed the outdated design was the cause of the delay. How this company was approved to put their stamp on one of Canberra’s most promising new areas is a travesty.

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