Homemaker centre signs first occupier
■ 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.”