Estella residents have been given a timeline for their suburb’s highly anticipated shopping mall opening.
According to Raine & Horne agent Dylan Wooden, Wagga’s northside residents can expect the new mall to be operational by the end of September or the beginning of October.
Mr Wooden said despite the construction taking longer than anticipated, he was confident the complex’s quality would impress customers.
“We know people are eager but we aren’t rushing this process,” he said.
“We’re making sure that we’re getting it done right the first time. There’s obviously been a lot of planning going into the shopping centre, with ease of access and the aesthetics of the shops. It’s all been looked at very thoroughly.
“It’s not a race or anything.”
Several stores have already been confirmed for the complex, including FoodWorks, a Snap Fitness gym, a barber, a bottle shop, a takeaway shop and a cafe.
At the time of writing, only one shop remained available for lease.
“We have focused on making sure there is a good tenancy mix,” Mr Wooden said.
“We don’t want people competing there. The developers have a really good track record of working with us and creating a good variety in tenancy.
“We didn’t want to budge on that, we’re making sure that everyone’s going to have a slice of the pie and give every tenant the chance to do well.”
The shopping complex, to be named Estella Central, has already created interest among nearby residents, with some gathering around the unfinished site, taking pictures and trying to look inside.
Mr Wooden said he wasn’t surprised at the public’s excitement.
“A majority of Wagga’s growth is out that way, obviously with Boorooma, Estella and Gobba expanding, families, businesses, and even Wagga City Council planning for the potential growth for the next five to 10 years,” he said.
“It’s going to be a central location for all of the northern suburbs out there, hence the reason it’s going to be called Estella Central.”