Even though community-based free newspapers are more about advertising than actual news, and probably always have been, an article on the front page of a recent edition of the Leader Messenger drew my instant attention. According to said article, an announcement regarding the long delayed – 9 years and counting – and very much overdue redevelopment of Westfield Tea Tree Plaza/Plus may be occurring within weeks, and knowing my luck, the announcement may very well take place while I’m out of town.
Unfortunately, if it turns out that the original project – 95 new specialty stores and some additional parking, with no new major stores, no new mini major stores, and no added Hoyts cinema screens – has not been enhanced in any way, shape or form, then it’ll reek of building too little, too late for me. One would think that with so much time to refine and improve the plans having passed, and with projects in other states costing far more than this one’s original $200 million estimate, something far greater – possibly even worth double that original figure – would surely be imminent.
That being said, I really hope that the brains behind the project have given some thought to high profile tenants such as:
1. An ALDI Food Store (which should be a given anyway, since I’ve seen the plans for the store);
2. An Apple Store (which may also be opening at Westfield Marion as part of that centre’s expansion);
3. A full-line David Jones store (which would be practically necessary if their Westfield West Lakes store is to close in November); and
And a few more Hoyts cinemas in front of Myer wouldn’t hurt either, especially if they introduce their Gold Class equivalent – La Premiere – to Adelaide. So let’s hope for the biggest and best possible news when the time comes.