Residents have been calling for a second major grocery chain since the Marketplace shopping complex opened with only Woolworths in 2012.
Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the addition of Coles to the Marketplace was yet another win for both local families and potential investors.
“More competition at the supermarket level means more foot traffic in the City Centre and an increasingly robust commercial environment,” Mayor Adams said.
“It signals to the commercial world, to businesses which may have been holding off, that Kwinana is open for business.”
With the Marketplace now set to house several major anchor tenants, including Woolworths, Big W and Dan Murphy’s and with the nearby Aldi close to completion, investment appetite in the City Centre is expected to improve even further.
Mayor Adams said the City had steadfastly worked to demonstrate how Kwinana was a prime location for commercial investment.
“We have one of the fastest growing communities in Australia with a diverse economic and social structure. Businesses that see this and take advantage of it early should reap some major rewards.”
The Coles application will go to the Joint Development Assessment Panel later this month for final sign off, with construction expected to commence in the second half of the year.