Westfield Garden City
A Shopping Centre in Queensland
|Location||Upper Mount Gravatt, Brisbane Australia|
|Developer||The Westfield Group|
|Management||The Westfield Group|
|Owner||The Westfield Group|
|No. of stores and services||313|
|No. of anchor tenants||11|
|No. of floors||2|
Westfield Garden City, better known as Garden City, is one of Brisbane's major shopping centres, located in the suburb of Upper Mount Gravatt. The centre is operated by Westfield, and previously operated by AMP Limited before the takeover in 2003. The shopping centre currently has 313 specialty stores, cafes, restaurants and other services and food vendors.
Within the centre is a post office and a Brisbane City Council public library. Another notable feature of Garden City is the Town Square, which is an outdoor dining area featuring coffee shops, restaurants and a Megaplex cinema complex.
Garden City was originally developed by the department store company David Jones. Opened on October 1st, 1971, Garden city featured a 3 level David Jones department Store, a 1 level McDonnell and East department store, a 1 level Woolworths family store and a Brisbane City Council library.
Over the years there have been a number of changes and expansions to Garden City. Below is a brief summary of these changes.
In 1980 an extension was added to the eastern end of the centre. This featured additional major and specialty stores. A food court was added to the centre adjacent to the main court in 1982.
In 1986 an extension was added to the southern part of the 1980 extension. This new extension added a Super Kmart Hypermarket to the centre plus additional specialty stores.
1990 bought a number of major store changes to the centre. The McDonnell and East department store closed due to the retailer going into receivership. Its space was split into two with the toy store Toys 'R' Us occupying one half and the Brisbane City Council library relocating to the other from its original space. Around this time, discount department store Venture closed due to the retailer going into receivership. Also, due to Coles-Myer retiring the Super Kmart concept, the store at Garden City was divided into a Kmart discount department store and Coles supermarket.
In 1998, David Jones relocated from its original location to a new 2 level store that was built on the site of the original Woolworths store. Woolworths relocated to a new store that was built on a second level that was added to the 1980 extension. The original David Jones store was converted into a multi level car park. A Big-W discount department store opened as part of a new second level on the 1986 extension.
In 2000, the outdoor dining and entertainment precinct known as Town Square was added. As part of this expansion, a 16 screen Birch Carroll and Coyle Megaplex (now Event Cinemas) opened on the northern end of the centre.
In 2003 an expansion was added to the west of the 1986 extension which added a new mall on the first level where the Coles supermarket was located. The Coles supermarket relocated to the end of this new mall. Harvey Norman opened a store on the second level which occupies the area above this new mall.
The centre includes the Garden City Bus Station and the adjacent Upper Mount Gravatt Busway Station, which is a major hub for Brisbane Transport buses on the southside. The centre has 4,675 spaces available for car parking.
Future expansion of the centre from 40,000 square metres to about 140,000 sqm has been earmarked, as per the Westfield Group 2007 Annual Report. Modifications to the plans were made in May 2011 to be resubmitted for approval by the Brisbane City Council after being on hold in 2008. The expansion includes the demolition of Kmart, Rebel Sport and Officeworks buildings and the extension of existing malls on both levels to the south of Link Road with four levels of basement parking and a roof top car park. Major retail additions proposed are a second department store over two levels (Myer) that will open in 2014, relocation of Rebel Sport, Officeworks and Kmart and the addition of a third discount department store (Target) and another 100 specialty shops and mini majors on both levels.
A full centre refurbishment and upgrade and remix of the lower food court and shops and a re-landscaping is also planned as part of the expansion. The redevelopment is expected to commence in June 2013 as per the 2012 Westfield 1st half year report. It is expected to be completed in November 2014. The Town Square area will be upgraded. The new total number of car spaces will be 6,600.
- 2 level Myer department store opening November 2014
- 2 level David Jones department store
- Big W discount department store
- Kmart discount department store reopening September 2014
- Target discount department store opening September 2014
- Coles supermarket
- Woolworths supermarket
- Aldi supermarket opening September 2014
- An Event Cinemas 16 Screen MEGAPLEX cinema complex
- A Harvey Norman furniture and electrical store
- A Rebel Sport
- An Officeworks reopening November 2014
- Toys 'R' Us
- JB HI-FI
- Best & Less
- The Reject Shop discount variety store
- Dick Smith Electronics
- Tony Moore (8 October 2011). "Carindale Westfield to introduce paid parking". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- Chris Herde (11 April 2013). "Westfield Garden City at Mt Gravatt will get even bigger with a $400 million makeover that will add 100 new shops". Courier Mail (Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- Tony Moore (14 May 2013). "Shopping centre to expand, charge for parking". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 19 May 2013.