Raymond TerraceMarketPlace has extended an open invitation tothe Port Stephens communityto head down to the centre and join in onits 18th birthday celebrationson Thursday 24 November from 4pm to 8pm.
A packed line up for the evening is in store for visitorswith meet and greets from MarkeeP, Angry Bird and Kung Fu Panda, along with a live performance by the Christmas Divas andRed Hot Specials by retailers, all set to mark the occasion.
Customers can also expect to indulge ina slice of birthday cake too.
There will bebirthday money up for grabs with the final VIP Members draw for the yearand all jackpots must be won and claimed.
Eighteen years on: Outside the current MarketPlace Raymond Terrace entrance.
Centre Manager Colleen Mulholland-Ruiz said MarketPlace Raymond Terrace had continued to evolve and develop since it first opened its doors onNovember 29, 1998. During that timeitsprimary focus hasalways been on the community through variouspartnershipswith local organisations, and its contributionto the local economy by supporting more than 680 jobs.
“We’ve seen a lot of changes here at the centre and althoughitis totally leased, it is important that we not only keep up with our customers’ expectations of modern shopping, but we continue to enhance theexperience that they have when they come here,” Ms Mulholland-Ruizsaid.
“It’s also important to us that we partner with the local community, to help to deliver positive outcomes for the people of Raymond Terrace and surrounding areas.
“We are really proud of the relationships that the centre hasdeveloped with a range of local organisations includingtheLions and Rotary clubs, NSW Police, NSW Fire & Rescue, NSW Rural Fire, local schools, the Leukaemia Foundation, the Salvation Army, Men’s Shed, Irrawang Drum Corp, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, Muree Golf Club and Port Stephens Council.”
Their efforts have been rewarded, with MarketPlace Raymond Terrace recognised witha numberof awards including various Cleaning Industry Awards, a Regional Youth Services Award in 2012 for the most Youth Friendly Business, and twice voted the best Shopping Centre or Retail Precinct in Port Stephens. The centre was also presented with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Dedication to Humanitarian Services by the Lions Club International Foundation in 2015.
MarketPlace Raymond Terrace has become central to community life in Port Stephens during the last 18 years; with the annualSanta’s Arrival event, school holiday entertainment, VIP Jackpot nights and initiatives such as the Positive Behaviour Learning programme which runs in conjunction with five local schools. The programme rewards students with a certificate and MarketPlace gift voucher for doing something rewarding within either their school or the community.
“MarketPlace is more than a place to shop. It’s a place to meet and build new friendships, a place to eat and a place to come and be entertained,” Ms Mulholland-Ruiz said.
“We’ve been there in times of fire, floods and charity and have given back thousands of dollars to the community over the last 18 years.”
“Thank you to all of our customers and the people from all the community groups, services, schools and businesses for their ongoing support.
“We look forward to continuing to build on the relationships we’ve established to support the community well into the future, and can’t wait to see what the centre will look like in another 18 years.”
Join the birthday celebrations: head down to MarketPlace Raymond Terrace, Thursday November 24 from 4pm and enjoy a great line up of entertainment.
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