Construction on the new $35 million Glebe Hill Village retail centre has officially kicked off with a soil turning ceremony taking place late last month with Mayor of Clarence City Council Doug Chipman.

Glebe Hill Village represents the first new neighbourhood shopping centre to be developed in metropolitan Hobart in over a decade. The 5,900 square metre shopping centre is already 90% leased with only four vacant stores remaining. Anchor tenants include supermarket giant Coles and a drive thru McDonald’s, alongside 18 other specialty shops.

The retail centre is set to create around 200 jobs during construction and over 350 ongoing jobs once the centre opens.

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said the Glebe Hill Village Shopping Centre would be a welcome addition to the rapidly growing community and provide numerous services vital to the Clarence Plains area.

Artist impression of Glebe Hill Village

“This development will provide a significant benefit for the growing area of Clarence Plains, which we predict will grow to a population of more than 20,000 people and become a satellite city in its own right in another 10 years’ time,” he said.

“Glebe Hill Village will help ensure we have more infrastructure and services in place to meet the needs of this booming area.”

Tipalea Partners CEO, Scott Spanton said, “We are thrilled to finally break ground on the site and, with leading Tasmanian contractors Fairbrother, begin construction on what is one of our most exciting projects to date.

“Glebe Hill Village will bring high-quality retail variety, convenience and jobs to residents and it’s been wonderful to see the immense interest and support from the local community and Council.”

Glebe Hill Village is set to become Hobart’s most connected retail centre with a suite of smart-tech features including its own app, free wireless phone charging and Wi-Fi, real time air quality monitoring, smart bathrooms that monitor water usage, parcel lockers, recycling stations and EV chargers. The centre is due to open in September 2022.