Robina Town Centre
|Opening date||April 1996|
|No. of stores and services||Over 350|
|Total retail floor area||70,000 square metres (750,000 sq ft)|
Robina Town Centre is a large shopping centre covering 34 hectares (84 acres) in the suburb of Robina, Queensland with over 350 retail outlets covering over 125,000 square metres (1,350,000 sq ft).
Construction began on the centre in 1994 and it was at the time the largest mall in Australia to be built in a single development period. Stage One of the development opened in late April 1996 and Stage Two, two extra levels of shopping, in late August 1996. The centre has since been taken over by QIC Real Estate from the original developers Jerde and development and refurbishment has occurred in 2002, 2003 and 2006. This development has cost $40 million and further development is planned. As well as development in 2006 there were a number of events to celebrate the 10th birthday of the centre. These included celebrity visits and children's events.
Shopping and surroundings
Major stores include Coles, two Woolworths, David Jones (the only one on the Gold Coast, aside from the David Jones Warehouse in the Harbour Town Shopping Centre), Myer, Kmart, Target, Big W and Event Cinemas.
There are also a large number of food outlets inside such as KFC, McDonalds, Hungry Jacks and Subway. The shopping centre has themed malls – Arbour Lane, Bazaar Street, Food Markets, Fashion Mall (Crescent West) and the North Mall – give this shopping centre a unique feel. The Robina Station and Skilled Park Stadium are also nearby.
For busy parents there is a childminder service available for shoppers for a small price. The scheme runs Monday to Saturday. On Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays there are walking exercise classes led by an expert. A free bus service runs between the Town Centre and other parts of the Gold Coast such as Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta.
Parking and Transportation
Robina Town Centre offers complementary free parking, there are multiple areas of parking including David Jones, Big W and Arbour lane to name a few.
Robina Town Centre has the most intelligent parking system on the Gold Coast with parking assist bays and empty parking indicators to assist in finding a park.
With approximately 6000 car parks available mostly undercover, the parking assist works using sensors above parks with LED indicators if a park is empty (Green) or taken (Red). These LEDs can be easily seen from a distance. These sensors communicate with the directional flow indicators on the main thoroughfare that blink in the direction of an empty parking bay.
There are 85 Disabled parking bays that are undercover and an additional 12 open aired parking bays located at the Food markets car park.
There are 50 Parents with Pram parking bays with extra wide bays located in various sections of each car park area.
Robina Town Centre is within walking distance of Robina Train Station and Skilled Park and is serviced by multiple Translink (Surfside) Buses and Trains from Brisbane to Varsity Lakes that operate in the area making it convenient. Translink Bus Routes include 747, 748, 750, N750, 751, 752, 755, 758, 759 and 765. Refer to Translink Website 
In 2007, the Robina Town Centre commenced on a $300 million extension, which opened in April 2009. These works added a 2nd Woolworths supermarket, a large scale 10,000 m² Big W (which opened as the largest Big W store in Australia), a two-storey Borders book store, a new entertainment and leisure precinct surrounding the lake including new cinemas and restaurants, a new state of the art 900-seat Food Atrium, plus over 100 new stores and an additional 1,100 parking spaces.
QIC, the owners of Robina Town Centre have announced a $90 million expansion to Arbour lane with the addition of a Myer store (in the location of the previous Birch, Carroll and Coyle Cinemas) in 2010 with new stores and a new link mall linking to the soon to be renovated food markets.
Majors and Mini-Majors
- Myer Department Store
- David Jones Department Store
- Target Discount Department Store
- Big W Discount Department Store (Largest BIG W Store in Australia.)
- Kmart Discount Department Store
- Coles Supermarket
- 2 Woolworths Supermarkets
- Best and Less
- JB Hi Fi
- Apple Store
- Pillow Talk
- Shaver Shop
- Fenix Fitness
- AMF Bowling Centre- 24 Bowling Lanes
- Event Cinemas (In the Entertainment Precinct also known as The Promenade)
- Ankle-Biters-Loved by Little Soles Shoes for Babies and Kids
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