Friday, February 21, 2014

Orange Grove factory outlets centre approved

Jan. 8, 2014, 11:54 a.m. Liverpool City Champion

Nearly 10 years after it was closed in a storm of controversy Orange Grove Factory Outlets is set to reopen.

A development application for the 60 store centre, to be built at the current Liverpool Markets site at 5 Viscount Place, Warwick Farm, was approved at Liverpool's last meeting for 2013.

The original discount outlets centre located at the site was closed in 2004 causing 400 people to lose their jobs after the Liverpool Council's approval of its development was ruled invalid by the state government.

The development application for the new centre was set to be voted on at the council's December 18 scheduled meeting, but all council business had to be deferred to the following Monday, December 23 due to a mayoral minute put by Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun causing a rift among councillors.

It is believed that the mayoral minute referred to general manager Farooq Portelli and more than half of the councillors left the chambers refusing to vote on it and so the meeting could not proceed and had to be deferred.

A council spokeswoman said the approval of the centre would make Liverpool one of Sydney’s hottest shopping destinations.

Cr Mannoun said the existing site would be transformed into a shoppers’ paradise selling clothing, electrical goods, homewares and food.

“Consumers will have more retail options with more than 60 outlet stores. The new outlet centre will attract a larger number of shoppers to Liverpool and will drive economic growth," Cr Mannoun said.

“The centre, which will cost more than $3 million to fit-out and construct, will create 400 full-time jobs once in operation."

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