The new owner of Glenmore Park Town Centre has wasted little time re-branding the site, but many locals say it won’t be referred to as ‘HomeCo’ anytime soon.
HomeCo, which also owns HomeCo Penrith, acquired the entire shopping centre in December 2020 from a private group.
The sale included the Coles and Woolworths centres, together with the other pad sites comprising of McDonald’s, KFC and the Woolworths service station, but not the Penrith Council-owned community centre.
“The centre name and branding has changed to HomeCo Glenmore Park Town Centre,” HomeCo Fund Portfolio Manager Paul Doherty said.
“This will complement our other existing sites such as HomeCo Penrith, located on Mulgoa Road.”
Sadly, the new signage has also replaced the shopping centre’s former logo, which was designed by Ayva Burke, who was aged 11 and a Regentville Public School student when she won the design competition for the logo back in 2017.
However, like the ‘Penrith Plaza’ and ‘Nepean Square’ before it, many locals believe the shopping centre will always be known as the ‘Town Centre’.
Mr Doherty said the company will undertake a period of consultation with the community and with Penrith Council to see where it can improve and add more amenity to the local community.
“Since our acquisition of HomeCo Glenmore Park Town Centre, we have completed several centre improvements for our customers,” he said.
“Some of these include the upgraded car parking shade sails, renewed alfresco areas, improved line marking, landscaping and a general overall deep clean of the centre.
“We believe by undertaking tasks such as the above, it will improve our customers’ shopping experience and will position our centre as everyday essential needs retail that is convenient and accessible.”
Home Consortium is a wholly Australian-owned property group.
In 2016, the company acquired the property assets formerly occupied by Masters hardware and began the process of creating a new concept in value and convenience-based shopping in regional and outer-metro areas across the country.
Today it has 35 assets in five states under the HomeCo brand.
It has also lodged plans with Penrith Council to transform the former Masters warehouse in North St Marys into a health and wellness hub known as ‘HealthCo’.
Alena Higgins is the Weekender’s Senior News Reporter, primarily covering courts and Council issues.