Mid City Centre
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The Mid City Centre is a small shopping centre located in the heart of the Sydney central business district. Fronting the Pitt Street Mall and George Street, the Mid City Centre is an important link between two of Sydney's premier shopping streets. Mid City was redeveloped by the owners- Fortius Funds Management and Australian Prime Property Fund and managed by Lend Lease. The architects for Mid City is Sydney architectural practice, Bates Smart who worked with the owners to create a world class retail environment.
The old Mid City Centre, launched in 1989, had around 50 specialty stores over three levels. These included Rebel Sport and HMV as well as electronics retailer Dick Smith and chemist Priceline. The centre's main entrance was on the Pitt Street Mall and this provided easy access to other centres on the pedestrian mall including Westfield Centrepoint, Imperial Arcade, Skygarden, Glasshouse, Sydney Central Plaza and the Strand Arcade. It was demolished in November 2007 to make way for a new multi million dollar office and retail development.
The old Mid City Centre has been rebuilt at a cost of approximately A$70 million with an office tower crowning the new shopping centre. Stage One of the new Mid City Centre opened in March 2010 and it became home to stores such as 2 storey flagships by General Pants Co. and Witchery as well as G-Star Raw, and a range of other Australian retailers. Stage Two opened in June 2010 and re-established a pedestrian link between George Street and the Pitt Street Mall. An official opening ceremony is to take place on 17 June 2010 with American socialite Nicole Richie to attend as the Mid City Centre's global ambassador.