Ormiston Town Centre opening looms closer

A juggler was one of many entertainers at Ormiston Town Centre’s get-together on Thursday. Times photos Wayne Martin

Ormiston Town Centre’s grand unveiling is just months away.

“After two years of construction, we are almost done,” said Sean Leonard, Todd Property Development Manager at a get-together held on Thursday to keep the community informed about the progress Ormiston Town Centre is making.

The mood was festive at The Market, a new covered space created to provide a blank canvas for the community talent and market events to be showcased.

Sean Leonard Todd Property Development Manager (l-r) with Amy McKenzie, Bryce Morrin, Evan Davies, Steven Pens & Robert Clark at The Market in Ormiston Town Centre. Times photo Wayne Martin

“The Market, The Eatery and The Square are spaces that have been designed for our community,” said Leonard as he informed guests that, aside from the finishing touches of landscaping, signage and some interior design work, the focus is now on tenant fit-outs.

The grand opening of the much-awaited Ormiston Town Centre will before Easter next year.

The upbeat event with enough food and entertainment to go around was attended by current tenants including Pak’nSave Ormiston (launched five years ago) as well as the owners of a line-up of shops like the popular Ormiston Cafe.

The evening was devoted to making connections with the community even before the town centre officially opens.

Councillors and Howick Local Board members were there to support the idea of Ormiston Town Centre creating close connections with the local community and businesses. Times Photo Wayne Martin

Also spotted were operators of Hoyts, New World, the new gastropub Mogly and other food and beverage operators as well as health and beauty services including Xtreme Beauty.

The community was well-represented with members of neighbouring retirement village, hospital, schools, Rotarians, local businesses, councillors and members of the Howick Local Board.

Thanking tenants for their patience, Leonard said 2020 had been one of the most challenging years faced by many businesses.

“I’m really proud of where we stand at this point in time and look forward to being with you again in a few months to deliver what we envisioned may years ago,” he said.