WITH the opening of its huge superstore just days away, retail giant Harvey Norman is eager to connect with the Ipswich community.
Workers are putting the finishing to the store under the cinema in the Ipswich Mall ahead of the opening on November 8.
Soon, the AV and IT superstore will be packed with computers and electrical goods, across 2000 sq m of retail space.
It is expected to provide a much-anticipated kick-start for the mall and spark its best Christmas in many years.
Moses Ghadban, who will look after the computer side of sales at the store, said it was "100 per cent on plan for the opening day".
"We're really looking forward to being in the Ipswich community," Mr Ghadban said.
"We've hired a lot of Ipswich people to work here. It's been so long we've been coming here so it's so good to finally be here."
Peter Savas, the store's electrical appliances guru, said Harvey Norman was "really happy to be part of the mall rebirth".
"It will be good for the bakeries and the small specialty stores too, because they've waited so long for us," Mr Savas said.
"It's going to be massive and we're going to be a big part of the Ipswich community."
The two jokingly competed for the best opening special with Moses offering a one terabyte hard drive for $78 and Peter a kettle or toaster for $5.
Ipswich City Properties (ICP) chairman Paul Tully said Harvey Norman was a boon for Ipswich.
"The opening of Harvey Norman shows big business has confidence in Ipswich's future," he said. "Strong development and retail growth is vital to creating a vibrant city that keeps pace with the increasing population..
He said ICP was in negotiations with developers regarding Ipswich City Square and an announcement about plans was expected at the end of November.