Fun and Games at new Em­pire

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

WA Olympians will open the new-look $10 mil­lion Em­pire Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­tre on Novem­ber 5.

The City Beach cen­tre has Games rel­e­vance, with the site hous­ing ath­letes dur­ing the 1962 Em­pire Games. It was dev­as­tated by a fire in 2014. Two years on, the cen­tre has been re­stored and fea­tures a new 24-hour IGA su­per­mar­ket and a range of spe­cialty shops, in­clud­ing award-win­ning The Groper and His Wife plus Park & Vine Restau­rant, Ge­orges Cafe, Boule­vard Pizze­ria, Vin­tage Cel­lars, Fat Fish Ra­men, Op­ti­mus Real Es­tate and Acai Broth­ers.

The his­toric building, which is more than 50 years old, has also been ex­panded to in­clude an al­fresco and out­door din­ing area.

Rio Olympians Steve Bird, Brant Gar­vey, Tamsin Cook and Bri­anna Throssell will join GPA di­rec­tor Ge­orge Atzemis to of­fi­cially open the cen­tre as part of a spe­cial com­mu­nity open day from 11am to 3pm on Satur­day.

The first 500 vis­i­tors will re­ceive a free gelato and will have the chance to en­joy live acous­tic mu­sic in neigh­bour­ing Beecroft Park while chil­dren meet the ath­letes.

Once the 1962 Games were over, the area around the cen­tre was sold as pri­vate hous­ing and re­de­vel­oped over time into the neigh­bour­hoods.

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