The new heart of Manor Lakes

The outdoor playground is ready for this week’s opening. (Pictures: Damjan Janevski)

The thriving suburbs of Manor Lakes and nearby Wyndham Vale are lucky to get easy access to its newest asset, Manor Lakes Central, where families and kids can enjoy shopping in a place with plenty of what they need.

Home to Kmart, Coles, Best & Less and Anytime Fitness, the centre also has more than 35 specialty stores that include fresh produce, cafes, restaurants, takeaway shops, and variety stores, to name a few.

There’s lots of buzz around the place now that it’s re-opening, with new shops regularly joining ‘the family’.

Follow Manor Lakes Central’s Facebook page to be updated on store opening dates.

Fab facilities
One is the amazing outdoor playground, with a rock climbing wall, a vibrant mural, and activity stations. This is all due to open this Friday, November 20. Shaded picnic tables invite relaxation after a hard day shopping, and a disability swing means no one misses out.

There’s an indoor playground scheduled to open just before Christmas as well – located between Kmart and Best & Less – so kids are spoilt for choice.

Parents will appreciate the state-of-the-art facilities just for them, where they can feed and change bub amid the peaceful, hygienically clean surroundings.

And community groups and not-for-profit organisations will find the fully equipped Community Room an absolute boon, due to open early next year.

As well as the traders featured on the opposite page, Manor Lakes Central has Big Daddy’s acres of fresh produce, and the One Star Variety store to put some fun under the Christmas tree. Liquorland and Cellarbrations are on board as well.

An important piece of the jigsaw is easy parking – and, yes, there’s plenty.

Food, glorious food
Food is an essential ingredient to a great shopping experience and, as well as the eateries featured on the opposite page, are the following:

Kesari Indian Kitchen: Dosa, biryani, rice and noodle dishes partnering with six traditional dessert options.

Charcoal Chicken: Burgers, rolls, chips, wedges, single and family packs, and the renowned chicken cooked over mallee wood charcoal.

Pizza King: Traditional and gourmet pizzas, homemade pastas, and a selection of main courses and desserts.

Bakers Son: Banh mi assortment, meat/salad rolls, pies and the like, and five moreish desserts.

ML Kebab House: Kebab selection, wraps, skewer plates, dips, their famous chicken wings, and family/double meal deals.

Mikado Sushi
Opening early next month, this is where to get freshly prepared maki rolls, nigari, inari and sashimi, as well as a big selection of sushi boxes. Salads, with the likes of lobster, chicken and prawns, are also healthily delicious options. Party platters are a specialty.

Aesthetics Parlour
Opening in mid December with a special offer of eyebrow and upper lip for $20, this is the spot for all beauty treatments. Express facials, eyebrow threading, eyelash and eyebrow extensions, one-lash lifts, eyebrow henna and laminate, makeup and cosmetic tattoos are all included.

Feast On
From November 23 to December 2, this Asian supermarket is hosting a Grand Opening Sale, with 10-15 per cent off storewide. This makes it the perfect time to stock up on Asian pantry staples and for family cooks to get all the ingredients to whip up a feast.

Sports Co
When the doors open soon, customers will get to meet the super-friendly team selling famous brands, such as Asics, adidas, New Balance, Puma and Champion. All the fitness essentials are covered, from perfect footwear to apparel and accessories.

Myfone Premium Dealer
Opening late December, this licensed Telechoice dealer offers mobile phone plans, prepaid sim cards, NBN internet plans, tablets, and mobile phone accessories. All servicing, repairs and accessories receive an in-store warranty.

Jolly Miller
Needing no introduction, this popular meeting place offers great bakery treats, delicious brekkie and lunch dishes, coffees and cakes, and Supershakes. Kids and vegans are well catered for, too and the covered outdoor seating area is perfect for families, placed right next to the playground.

Ferguson Plarre
Home to great coffees and cakes to take away or to sit and enjoy with plenty of seating available, this popular eatery also offers pies, pasties and sausage rolls, sandwiches and meat/salad rolls. Their occasion cakes are pretty special, as are the pastries.

Follow Manor Lakes Central on Facebook for store opening dates and special offers.

Manor Lakes Central, 455 Ballan Road, Manor Lakes. Inquiries: 8391 4499 or