Monday 4 October 2010

The expansion of Westfield Chartwell shopping centre has attracted a number of leading brand names, including Country Road, which will open its first Waikato store at the centre on 21 October, 2010.

Other high profile brands that are confirmed to open on the same date include Witchery, Barkers, Identity, Max, Rodd & Gunn, Lovisa, Virtu, Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, and Synergy Hair Further new retailers will join the centre in early 2011.

Farmers has also committed to a new two-level department store with an expanded fashion-focused offering that will anchor the centre at the southern end and complement the new fashion stores..

Westfield New Zealand Director, Mr. Justin Lynch said: “We’re delighted to welcome this exciting mix of retailers that will further broaden the offer at Westfield Chartwell and underscore the fantastic retail mix we have attracted to the centre. The level of interest and subsequent commitment from these leading brands has met our objective of strengthening the fashion offer at Westfield Chartwell.

“The expansion of Westfield Chartwell and the quality of the finished offering has seen leading retailers like Country Road and others choose the centre as the place to open their first store in the Waikato”.

Farmers Managing Director, Rod McDermott said: “Farmers has long wanted to be in a position to offer a full product range and to find a way to extend Farmers fashion offer at Westfield Chartwell. This expansion has enabled us to achieve both these goals, and to be the anchor tenant was an easy business decision.”

Notes to editors:

The 2010 expansion includes

  • An investment of NZ$33million
  • 15 new specialty retailers bringing the total number of retailers to 126
  • New two level Farmers department store comprising some 5,700m2
  • Gross Lettable area of the centre has increased from some 21,500m2 to 28,500m2

New incoming retailers but not limited to:

  • A new 5,700m2 Farmers Department Store [two level]
  • A new flagship Country Road store
  • Witchery
  • Rodd & Gunn
  • Barkers
  • Identity
  • Lovisa
  • Synergy Hair
  • Virtu
  • Theobroma Chocolate Lounge
  • Esquires

Construction on the centre’s expansion began in late January of this year.

More than 60 contracting firms from the Waikato and around the country have been involved in the 10 month build of Westfield Chartwell’s expansion.

A new entry has been created off Hukanui Road that provides lift and stair access to not only the new retail on level 2 but also the new undercover car parking and the carpark structure at level 3. The entry off Lyndon Court remained opened throughout the construction period. New restroom facilities and a new parents room has been created along with the introduction of new comfort zones, feature lighting and fixtures.

The project is the second stage in Westfield’s long-term development strategy for Westfield Chartwell, which began in 2005. The first stage, completed in 2006/07 saw Westfield invest NZ$40 million to expand the Foodtown supermarket and build a new 6-screen SKYCITY Cinemas complex now trading as Event Cinemas, 450 seat foodcourt, multi-level car park building and 24 new specialty stores.\n\n


Westfield has assets in New Zealand worth NZ$3 billion. The Group manages shopping centres in all major urban areas, including nine in Auckland, the country’s economic heart and most populous city. Westfield New Zealand’s 12 shopping centres in New Zealandin the 2009 year attracted more than 83million visits.