Saturday, October 11 marks the highly anticipated final stage opening of the new Westfield Garden City, the first redevelopment to be completed under the newly formed Scentre Group.
Westfield Garden City is now 140,000 square metres, increasing by almost 50%, with over 430 major and specialty retailers, over 100 of which are new to the centre since the redevelopment commenced in June 2013.
Leading Australian and international retailers opening in the centre’s new fashion precinct include Myer, with Myer CEO, Bernie Brookes and Ambassador, Jennifer Hawkins joining Scentre Group CEO, Peter Allen and Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk in official opening celebrations at Westfield Garden City today.
New retailers including Nine West, Seed, French Connection, Blue Illusion, Lonsdale, R.M Williamswill join David Jones, Target, K-Mart, Big W, Woolworths, Coles, Event Cinemas, Harvey Norman, two new dining precincts and an upgraded fresh food offer.
Scentre Group CEO, Peter Allen said the redevelopment is an example of the company delivering true innovation in retail and rcognising the changing needs of the local community.
“The new Westfield Garden City offers an entirely new shopping, entertainment, social and dining experience for the community in Brisbane’s south.
“We are pleased to work with quality Australian and international retailers to create a world-class shopping centre, designed with the local community and the relaxed Queensland lifestyle in mind.
“Undoubtedly, the new Westfield Garden City is now a destination. It brings the best fashion, exciting new entertainment including new interactive digital installations and two unique food destinations; the outdoor, resort-style Town Square and 8 Street, an Asian laneway filled with hawker-style operators.
“This redevelopment now consolidates the centre’s position as one of Brisbane’s most important retail destinations. Situated in a major commercial centre at one of the city’s busiest transport hubs, Westfield Garden City, with over 500,000 people in its trade area, has one of the largest shopper bases amongst Westfield centres in Australia.
“The redevelopment helps us meet the growing demands of the community and will strengthen its appeal to the local Brisbane market.
“The opening also marks an important milestone for Scentre Group, being the first redevelopment completed since the Group was formed in June 2014,” he said.
In addition to being a central hub for residents of Brisbane’s south, the redevelopment has generated approximately 3,750 new jobs from commencement of construction through to opening.
The redevelopment also creates an additional 1,400 car park spaces, along with the existing bus interchange making it more convenient for shoppers to visit the centre.
On launch day, Westfield Garden City will host several in-centre events to celebrate the opening of the fashion precinct, including live fashion shows held in the Forum outside Myer, Spring Racing fashion workshops, live music, street performers and buskers.