Macquarie Centre

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Macquarie Centre
Macquarie Centre.JPG
Macquarie Centre Main Entrance
Opening date 1981
Management AMP Capital Shopping Centres
Owner AMP Capital
No. of stores and services 250
Total retail floor area 97,000 sqm
Parking 4,000
Public transit access Macquarie University railway station
Website Official website
Macquarie Centre main carpark entrance on Waterloo Road
The older level 2 JB Hi-Fi store in Macquarie Centre. JB Hi-Fi has since relocated to level 4.

Macquarie Centre is a regional sized shopping centre located between Herring, Waterloo and Talevera Roads in the suburb of Macquarie Park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and opposite Macquarie University's main campus.

The centre contains 250 retail stores over four-levels including Woolworths, Myer, Target, Big W, JB Hi-Fi, as well as Event Cinemas (a former Greater Union) cinema complex, and an ice rink.

AMP Wholesale Shopping Centre Trust No. 2 and Westfield Management Limited both own a fifty percent stake in Macquarie Centre, the centre is managed and leased by AMP Capital Shopping Centres.

It is the regional shopping centre for the Northern Suburbs.

Transport[edit]

The Epping to Chatswood rail link offers frequent train services to Macquarie University station located directly next to Macquarie Centre, On 13 October 13, 2009, rail services run east-south to the Sydney CBD and continue east/south to Epping via Strathfield. Rail services run west/north to Hornsby.

Macquarie Centre currently has bus connections to the Sydney CBD, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Chatswood, Mona Vale, Pyrmont, Parramatta, Blacktown, Auburn, Top Ryde, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Eastwood, Strathfield, as well as local surrounding suburbs. Majority of its bus services are located in Herring Road in front of the shopping centre's main entrance.

Bus companies include Sydney Buses, Busways, Transdev NSW and Hillsbus.

History[edit]

Macquarie Centre was built in 1981, and has seen many renovations since. The last was in 2000 when the 'Escape' and 'Loft' areas were opened, which included a major facelift to the shopping centre's entrances, extra parking and new retail stores. These included Borders, Dick Smith Powerhouse, Freedom, new food outlets and an expansion of the Greater Union cinema complex, from 8 to 16 cinemas.

Macquarie Ice Skating Rink (located in Macquarie Centre) was used for the 1991 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.[1]

Recent developments[edit]

Since 5 January 2009, Macquarie Centre has implemented paid parking systems. The system was introduced to keep up with the growing trend of paid parking in other regional shopping centres. The motives of Centre Management can also be observed within the growing developments around the area, such as the new train station, which might have led to unwanted users of the car spaces in future. This can also be attributed to the huge growth in the surrounding business parks and the use of Centre Parking for Business Park Staff. Many of the retail shops and firms of Macquarie Centre have undergone extensions and/or renovations since early 2007. These changes were codified by independent contracts with Centre Management to constantly update the look of the shops, to generate a more dynamic environment for shoppers.

Stores[edit]

Former stores[edit]

Plans[edit]

On 20 December 2007, AMP Capital Shopping Centres, acting on behalf of the co-owners: AMP Wholesale Shopping Centre Trust No. 2 and Westfield Management Limited, lodged a Development Application (DA) with Ryde City Council which went on Public Exhibition on 23 January 2008.

As part of the masterplanning of Macquarie Centre, a 3-stage development has been planned, however to date a DA has only been lodged with Ryde City Council for Stage 1. Stage 1 commenced in late 2012, and is due to complete by 2014.[3]

In mid-2014, this expansion will include:

  • A full line David Jones
  • A new 2 level mall linking the new David Jones with the existing centre and Myer
  • A new Fresh Food Market including Coles and Aldi
  • Approximately 130 new retail stores
  • Additional 1,050 car spaces

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smart, G. & Bradbury, S., Steven Bradbury: Last Man Standing, ISBN 0-9757287-8-4, 2005.
  2. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/hm-to-open-in-sydney-in-october-20140805-100qdq.html
  3. ^ "Macquarie Centre Development". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°46′37″S 151°7′13″E / 33.77694°S 151.12028°E / -33.77694; 151.12028