Homemaker cen­tre signs first oc­cu­pier

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

■ Pil­bara Mo­tor Group has be­come one of the first busi­nesses to sign up to oc­cupy the Gap Ridge Homemaker Cen­tre in Kar­ratha.

The Pil­bara-based mo­tor deal­er­ship re­cently signed a con­tract with de­vel­op­ment agency Land­Corp to own and oc­cupy a 2.06ha com­mer­cial lot in the retail hub once con­struc­tion is com­pleted.

Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment and Lands Terry Red­man said he wel­comed the com­mit­ment of PMG as a lo­cal Pil­bara com­pany.

“It is fit­ting that the Pil­bara Mo­tor Group is the busi­ness to kick­start con­struc­tion of Gap Ridge Homemaker Cen­tre, as it is a fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated mo­tor deal­er­ship which was es­tab­lished in the Pil­bara,” he said.

Mr Red­man said con­struc­tion of the cen­tre would be over­seen by a Pil­bara-based con­trac­tor and would cre­ate up to 500 jobs in Kar­ratha.

Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally said the cen­tre was a promis­ing de­vel­op­ment for res­i­dents.

“The KDCCI is quite ex­cited at the fact that the homemaker cen­tre is go­ing ahead be­cause it will en­hance the live­abil­ity of the city, but it will also cre­ate jobs in con­struc­tion and in op­er­a­tions,” he said.

“It’s a log­i­cal thing that we have a lo­cal area like that where car yards and big-box shop­ping can oc­cur and peo­ple can give the credit card a ham­mer­ing.”

The homemaker cen­tre is be­ing built at the in­ter­sec­tion of Dampier High­way and Madi­gan Road about 7km west of the Kar­ratha CBD and is planned to be a hub for house­hold goods and ser­vices shop­ping, in­clud­ing hard­ware, fur­ni­ture and elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances re­tail­ers.

Mr Red­man said retail was an emerg­ing in­dus­try for Kar­ratha and in­vest­ment from com­pa­nies such as PMG demon­strated that there was de­mand for such a fa­cil­ity.

“The Gap Ridge Homemaker Cen­tre has at­tracted in­ter­est from ma­jor na­tional bulky goods re­tail­ers look­ing to ex­pand into the Pil­bara,” he said.

“The cen­tre will ac­com­mo­date the grow­ing de­mand from Kar­ratha res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly young fam­i­lies, for house­hold goods and ser­vices.”

“The new homemaker cen­tre is tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence that the Pil­bara has a re­silient econ­omy and com­mu­ni­ties in the North West will con­tinue to grow.”

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