West Village in West End will welcome a 4,000sqm Woolworths supermarket to its burgeoning retail and dining precinct.

West Village developer Sekisui House has entered into an initial 15-year lease to secure Woolworths as the anchor tenant in the project’s 13,000m2 retail and dining precinct, which will feature 35 new retail, restaurants, and food and beverage outlets.

West Village Project Director Andrew Thompson said the West End community had experienced significant under-provision of retail and convenience shopping over the past few years.

“Research we conducted as part of our Development Application indicated that local residents are spending around $81 million a year in surrounding areas such as Buranda and Toowong because West End is under serviced by supermarkets,” said Thompson.

“This new Woolworths will ease the retail spend leakage and keep shoppers in the area to support the local traders and reinforce Boundary Street as the retail heart of the West End-South Brisbane peninsula.”

Long-term Boundary Street business owner and immediate past president of the West End Traders Association, Peter Marinelli, said the new supermarket would be a welcome addition to the precinct.

“We have waited a long time for retail and convenience shopping in West End to catch up with our population growth,” said Marinelli.

“Local traders will really benefit from the supermarket’s 450 new underground car parks and we look forward to working with the new West Village retail and dining businesses to strengthen our precinct and better compete with the big suburban shopping centres.”

The Woolworths is planned to open in 2020.

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