Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is a major regional shopping centre servicing the southern suburbs of the city of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It is located on the corner of Colac and Pioneer Roads in the suburb of Grovedale.
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia. Geelong is 75 kilometres (47 mi) south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the second largest Victorian city, with an estimated urban population of 192,393 as of June 2016.
Victoria is a state in south-eastern Australia. Victoria is Australia's smallest mainland state and its second-most populous state overall, making it the most densely populated state overall. Most of its population lives concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its state capital and largest city, Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city. Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west.
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The shopping centre features around 140 stores, including Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Target, Amart Sports, Reading Cinemas and First Choice Liquor.
Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd, trading as Coles, is an Australian supermarket, retail and consumer services chain, headquartered in Melbourne as part of the Coles Group.
Kmart Corporation is an American big box department store chain headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States. The company was incorporated in 1899 as S. S. Kresge Corporation and renamed to Kmart Corporation in 1977. The first store with the Kmart name opened in 1962. At its peak in 1994, Kmart operated 2,323 discount stores and Super Kmart Center locations in the United States. After declaring bankruptcy in 2002 and again in 2018, the chain's store count has been reduced to 202 locations. From 2005 through 2019, Kmart was a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation and is now a subsidiary of Transform Holdco LLC.
Target Australia is a mid-price department store chain owned by Wesfarmers. It is Australia's largest department store chain by store number, operating 294 stores throughout the country. Products it sells include branded clothing, cosmetics, homewares, electronics, fitness and consumer electronics. The company's national support office is located in Williams Landing.
Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre originally opened in 1985 as Town & Country Shopping World, with a Woolworths supermarket and 12 speciality stores.
The shopping centre's first redevelopment in 1996 saw the shopping centre grow in size to include Target. 2000 saw the opening of Reading Cinemas, and then the opening of Coles supermarket followed in 2002. Following this redevelopment in 2002, the Centre was officially renamed Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre.
The shopping centre was again redeveloped in 2007 with an expanded Target and 36 new specialty stores. A further two-stage redevelopment in 2014 saw Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre double in size to 48,000 sq/m. The first stage, which opened in May 2014, saw new Kmart and Coles megastores and a food court, whilst stage 2 saw another 40 speciality stores open in August 2014.
Coles Group Limited is an Australian public company operating numerous retail chains. It was Australia's second-largest retailer, behind Woolworths Limited, until it was acquired by Western Australian public company Wesfarmers, with transfer of ownership on 23 November 2007. The corporate operations ceased at head office in Melbourne from that point, instead based at Wesfarmers head office in Perth.
The Centre was bought by Australian Unity in 1999.
Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is currently owned by a dual partnership between Australian Unity and The Industry Superannuation Property Trust (ISPT). ISPT purchased a 50% stake in the Centre from Australian Unity in June 2014, at a cost of $63 million.
The shopping centre features a large, open air car park. Bus routes 40, 41 and 42 from Geelong and routes 50 and 51 from the Surf Coast stop at the shopping centre.
The centre was used for filming in the Australian comedy Rostered On, in which one shop unit was refurbished into "Electroworld", a fictional store name for the filming of the show.
Rostered On is a single-camera Australian comedy web series directed and written by Ryan Chamley and produced by Robot Army. The series was launched with a pilot episode on 4 April 2016 and a full series began exactly a year later on 4 April 2017 airing on Facebook and YouTube. In early 2017 the show was heavily promoted including the release of an extended trailer.
Waurn Ponds is a mainly residential southern suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
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