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Coles Opens New $40 Million Supermarket on Former Royal Melbourne Showground Land, Ascot Vale

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Written by Marc Pallisco   
Monday, 31 August 2009 09:29

STATE Member for Melbourne Bronwyn Pike opened Coles new $40 million shopping centre on Saturday, built within the grounds of what was once the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, in Melbourne’s inner north-west suburb of Ascot Vale.
 
The Showgrounds Village Shopping Centre includes a 3,650 square metre Coles “concept” supermarket, which uses approximately 15 per cent less energy than the average Coles store and produces a third less waste. 

The shopping centre also includes 28 speciality shops, 500 square metres of offices and a child care centre, built into the historic Woodfull Pavilion.
 
The showgrounds shrunk a third in size from 27 hectares, to 18, as part of a $146 million revamp announced by the State Government in late 2004. About 4.5 hectares were removed from each of the western and eastern boundary of the showground site, to make way for retail and commercial projects.
 
In May, former Lord Mayor Kevin Chamberlain suggested city planners should extend the train line that currently operates temporarily and ends at the showgrounds, to Maribyrnong, where a new 128-hectare, 3000-home suburb is planned on the former Department of Defence explosives factory site.