Redeveloped Dandenong market springs into action.

October 3, 2012 by  

The iconic Dandenong Markets, an integral piece of the State Government’s $290 million makeover for Dandenong city, is back in favour with the shopping public. Now that spring is here, its website announces an arrival of apples, tomatoes, asparagus and seasonal flowers.

Moreover, while their parents have been shopping, kids have been kept entertained by a scheme allowing them to try some of the treats on offer. The last chance for children aged 5 – 13 to try this out, and claim a Market voucher and shopping back, is this Friday, October 5, at 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Art displays and music are also a stable of this month.

The market development was completed last year, costing $26 million, and if customer satisfaction is the benchmark, it augurs well for a long and prosperous future – not bad for a market that was first opened in 1866.

Shopper numbers at the market had fallen away due to crowd and parking problems, along with a lack of organisation. Some customers cite great vibes, a spacious feel, and cheap prices as improvements. Jenny, a Melbourne local, said:

“I am in love. It’s like stepping into a melting pot of cultures.”

The Dandenong Market redevelopment has been a long time coming and is part of the master plan for Dandenong city centre. The project is expected to be completed during the next 15-20 years. The plan was hatched in 2007 and is Victoria’s largest urban renewal project since the Melbourne Docklands.

The market upgrades have also resulted in improved product display and presentation. Printing companies provide complete display ideas, poster printing and eye-catching wrapping, creating a festive market atmosphere. There is always something new and enticing to be found and, as a safeguard, The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission enforces adequate and accurate product information to be displayed on all products.

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