■ MASTERS HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES
Client: Masters Home Improvement (joint-venture between Woolworths and Lowes (USA))
Site Area: Each store is approximately 13,500m2
Cost of Development: Each store costs approximately $45,000,000 with at least 20 sites planned for development in the Perth Metropolitan Area
Location: The sites are located within industrial zoned areas, showroom developments, and adjacent to activity centres across the Perth Metropolitan Area. WA regional locations are also being investigated.
As part of a national rollout of 250 hardware and home improvement stores, our client plans to open 20 Masters Home Improvement warehouses in Perth during stage one of this project. Rowe Group was appointed to coordinate the identification and acquisition of sites and to manage all relevant approvals
Garden City Booragoon has been the retail heart of Melville since 1972. Once one of Perth’s largest shopping centres, it offers a big range of major retailers and specialty stores. Since its inception the centre has undergone a major redevelopment in 2000 adding a new “marketplace” and new supermarkets. In 2012 AMP Capital announced plans to further expand Garden City Shopping Centre to 120,000 m² of retail floorspace, which would make it Perth’s largest shopping centre. To meet the W.A. Planning Commission’s vision for modern shopping centre developments, Rowe Group created an Activity Centre Structure Plan featuring a mixed use city centre with residential apartments, a piazza of restaurants and cafes, improved public transport connections, and entertainment facilities.
The strategy employed by Rowe Group in undertaking investigations is site-specific and essentially strives to determine the ‘path of least resistance’ to ensure that a development approval could be obtained as quickly as possible.
A number of Scheme Amendment requests were also lodged to facilitate the developments.
In addition to site investigations, Rowe Group worked with Pride Projects, the Architects and the Client to ensure the site layouts are acceptable for development applications to be successful.
A number of Development Approvals obtained.
Each approved site contains a large format home improvement store (approx 13,500m2), areas for parking and landscaping, and in some cases additional showroom tenancies.