IT’S been a long wait, but Domino’s Pizza has finally opened its doors in Bathurst.
The fast-food retailer is the first new tenant to open its doors in the new area of Westpoint Shopping Centre, being developed by Hines Constructions.
Hines had finished its construction of the new building, which has two retail spaces, by April this year, giving Domino’s a few weeks to do its own fit-out before opening on Wednesday.
Development manager Jonathan Carlile said Domino’s seems pleased with the retail space it now occupies.
“I think they were really eager to get up and running, and they had pizzas coming out the door yesterday, which was really good to see,” he said.
Mr Carile said construction will continue over the next few months on the new retail spaces, being built directly across from the existing buildings in the complex.
Once that structure is complete, the liquor store, pharmacy, newsagent and hairdresser can move in to the new retail spaces, allowing for the expansion of the IGA supermarket to start.
“We won’t finish the new construction until late September, part of it, and then we will move on to the next phase,” Mr Carlile said.
The development will have new retail spaces available to welcome other businesses in the coming months.
Mr Carlile said inquiry has been going well, but should increase when there is more to see at the site.
“These things are often really dependent on seeing the buildings coming out of the ground and close to completion,” he said.
“Once we get closer to completion we will start to see more inquiry for the retail spaces.
“It’s still early days.”
He added that discussions were ongoing for the retail space next to Domino’s.
It has been designed with a cafe in mind and also has drive-thru facilities available to the future tenant.
Tenancy aside, Mr Carlile said the development of Westpoint has been progressing well and customers have been patient during the construction.
“The car park is presenting some challenges, but that won’t last forever, so we are really thankful to our loyal customers for sticking with us through those challenges,” he said.