Penrith’s newest shopping centre was officially opened today with Caddens Corner expected to generate $60 million in local economic activity over the next 12 months.
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown and Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh officially opened the new centre, which has a Woolworths supermarket as its anchor tenant.
The centre, located on O’Connell Street at Caddens, has been developed by Western Sydney University.
“The University is proud to bring this retail project to life,” said Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and President, Barney Glover.
“The Caddens Corner development is set to enhance the liveability, productivity and sustainability of our local community, while creating much-needed new jobs for the local economy at a time when we are all focused on the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Specialty shops, restaurants, a medical centre and childcare facility are all part of the centre.
Caddens Corner has strong environmental features including low-lying design, solar panels, exclusive car spots for low emissions vehicles and three charging stations for electric vehicles.
A new Plus Fitness gym has also opened at the centre.
Gym owners Chris Dawson and Marty Whittaker said they’re excited to open their venture at Caddens Corner.
“There are really great features, like the street signs each business has, the overhead structure with the fans and Table Lane just looks amazing,” Mr Dawson said.
“We’re really happy with our position too, we’ve got three walls of glass which is great for a gym.”
Most stores have now opened, though some will open through December and January.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.