New Marketown shopping centre opens

Shoppers have flocked to the expanded Marketown Shopping Centre in Newcastle West, which opened its doors for the first time yesterday.

The $55 million development has been under construction for months.

Stores in the centre include a Woolworths supermarket, Big W, Dick Smith’s Electronics, Dan Murphy’s and 30 specialty stores.

A three-level underground car park will bring the centre's capacity to 600 parking spaces.

The new building is to the east of the existing Marketown shopping centre and car park.

Shopper Erin Miller said Newcastle was in need of the development.

"There were a lot of people inside and it was really quite busy," Ms Miller said.

"I thought it was really good."

Jeff Gladden from Craig Cook’s Prime Quality Meats said business had been booming.

‘‘[Things have been going] really well, we’re very happy with it,’’ Mr Gladden said.

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