Westfield Trust’s $60 million redevelopment of Airport West opens
09 November 1998
Stage one of the redevelopment of Westfield Shoppingtown Airport West – which includes Melbourne’s first direct freeway off-ramp into a shopping centre – was opened by the Minister for Planning Robert Maclellan and Mayor of the Moonee Valley City Council Hedley Moffat today.
The redevelopment brings three new major retailers – Target, Bi-Lo Mega Fresh and Best & Less – plus 43 additional stores to Airport West.
Work is already underway on Stage two of the Airport West redevelopment which will see the integration of a new and relocated K Mart within the centre due for completion in late 1999.
The $60 million project includes the Westfield Drive overpass which links the shopping centre car park to the Western Ring Road. The road carries more than 65,000 cars past Airport West Shoppingtown each day.
The project provided jobs for 1,500 people during construction. Employment at the shopping centre has increased with the creation of around 600 permanent retail jobs.
Westfield Managing Director Steven Lowy said, “Revitalising Airport West Shoppingtown and improving access will increase the centre’s popularity with shoppers in the local area and is designed to attract new shoppers from the growing northern and western areas of Melbourne.”
“The centre will provide more of what our customers tell us they want – convenience, comfort and a greater retail choice.
“Along with the new stores, the redeveloped centre features extensive natural lighting, good community information facilities and parents’ rooms plus dedicated and convenient parking for parents with prams.”
On completion in late 1999 Westfield Shoppingtown Airport West will increase from 32,000 square metres of retail space to 44,000 square metres, an increase of almost 50 per cent. The finished centre will feature Target, Bi-Lo Mega Fresh, K Mart, K Mart Auto Centre, Best & Less, Franklins Fresh, Coles Supermarket, Village 8 Cinemas and 152 specialty stores.