Set December 15 aside in your calendar, because Ingleburn Village is ready to make a splash.
The shopping centre, originally known as Ingleburn Fair, will have its grand opening ahead of Christmas and organisers told the Advertiser to expect a “spectacular” event.
The centre’s reopening has been a long time coming.
For years, Ingleburn Fair was the go-to shopping complex for Ingleburnians, but it sadly grew emptier and emptier before closing for good.
Current owners Jonathan and Gabriela Dan want to bring the centre back to its former glory and can’t wait to invite the community inside.
“People will ask us, ‘how is it all going’ and ‘where are you up to’, they are really invested in the shop,” Mrs Dan said.
“You don’t get that everywhere. We have another shopping centre in the Sutherland Shire and there people would complain about the dust and the noise – but here they are happy to see what’s going on.”
Mrs Dan said taking on the centre was a “risk” and a “challenge” that her family has enjoyed.
Her husband’s grandfather was the original owner of Ingleburn Fair and when he fell into ill health the shopping centre suffered.
“Jonathan’s grandfather passed away at 96 and it was his project,” Mrs Dan said.
“My husband’s father died young, so there was that generation missing in between and we had to decide if we wanted to do this in our 20s and 30s.
“We decided not to sell and to take on the project ourselves.
“It’s still in the family, which I think is great.”
Construction at the site has been running since the start of the year, with tradies working hard to ensure they meet the December deadline.
Most of the centre’s structure has already been completed and individual shops have largely committed to their designs.
Mrs Dan said the majority of tenancies had been filled.
“We’ll have the huge Coles and a Priceline as our anchors,” she said.
“There’s going to be a hairdresser, nails, a florist, sushi, banks and services – everything for the community.”
The community will be at the forefront of the Dans’ minds when they launch the centre in a grand opening in the lead up to Christmas.
Residents are promised an event “far from the traditional ribbon cutting” to usher in Ingleburn Village’s new era.
“We want to bring new life to Ingleburn,” Mrs Dan said.
“It is so good to be here working in this community.”
Keep up to date on Ingleburn Village’s progress at their Facebook page.