Construction of the first phase of a highly anticipated multimillion-dollar shopping mall in Karratha is ahead of schedule and it is set to open in weeks. The new $17 million Tambrey Village Shopping Centre in Nickol, which was first mooted in 2010 and started development in October, will include a Hungry Jack’s, a petrol station, a pharmacy, a grocery store, a newsagent and other food outlets. It is expected to create 150 full-time, casual and management positions for residents. WA developer Cooksey Property Group bought two foundation lots for the centre last February, with Bella Build and Design contracted for the first phase of construction, which comprised the Hungry Jack’s and Liberty petrol station. CPG director Doug Cooksey said the two outlets at the retail and business hub were due to open in late March, but he wanted to keep the official opening date a secret. “They’re worried about people lining up for miles in the days beforehand,” he said. “So they’re going to quietly open one day in March, and I’m sure the word will get around really quickly.” BBD operations manager Tristan Burton said construction of the Hungry Jack’s, below, and Liberty petrol station was not halted by the passing of tropical cyclone Damien. “We had the glass crack, which was what we expected — a little bit of debris impact to the external and a bit of water inside, but nothing major,” he said. Mr Cooksey said the centre had been built to withstand cyclones and other strong weather systems. “The two buildings that are standing are almost weather-tight — there is still a couple of doors to go on but we’ve designed those to be impenetrable,” he said. “Even if a cyclone came through and they were trading, we’d be expecting them to be trading the next day.” Mr Cooksey said construction of the rest of the $17 million shopping precinct was progressing well. “They are going to stand the walls and put the steelwork and the roof in over the next couple of months,” he said. “We think the whole centre will go well because of the location that it’s in. “I think Karratha has been waiting a long time to get a set of shops in that area so we’re looking forward to that opening.” The rest of the works were contracted to Perth-based Thomas Building and are due to be completed in September and opened one month later.