More than 50,000 customers flocked to the new Liverpool Markets this weekend on Orange Grove Road, site of the controversial closure by the NSW Government in 2004.

The 15,000 square metre complex was opened Sunday 29 March by Federal MP and Member for Fowler, Julia Irwin.

“The decision of the State Government to force the closure of the Orange Grove Designer Outlet Centre with the loss of 400 jobs and the closure of so many small businesses was a great blow to our local economy,” said Irwin.

“The new centre’s opening and the creation of new jobs are desperately needed in south west Sydney. We had court cases, parliamentary and ICAC inquiries, but the owner Nabil Gazal was never shaken from his vision to have a retail centre on this site.”

Liverpool Markets is undercover and fully air-conditioned with more than 225 stalls and employing more than 600 people.

Trading at the markets takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 7am until 5pm. The site will be closed during the week and will be available as an alternative venue space for hire for trade shows, exhibitions and other events.