Westfield Helensvale

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Westfield Helensvale
Location Helensvale, Gold Coast, Queensland,  Australia
Coordinates 27°55′35″S 153°20′10″E / 27.926425°S 153.336155°E / -27.926425; 153.336155Coordinates: 27°55′35″S 153°20′10″E / 27.926425°S 153.336155°E / -27.926425; 153.336155
Opening date 13 October 2005
Developer Scentre Group[1]
Management Scentre Group
Owner Scentre Group and QIC
No. of stores and services 239
No. of anchor tenants Kmart
Target
Coles
Woolworths
Aldi
No. of floors 1
Website http://westfield.com/helensvale

Opened in Helensvale on 13 October 2005, Westfield Helensvale also referred to as Helensvale Town Centre, is the newest Westfield Shopping Centre.

It is the first Westfield for the Gold Coast and includes Coles, Kmart, ALDI, Target and Woolworths as majors as well as a food court with McDonald's, KFC and Subway. It also provides optimum access to Helensvale Station.

When approval for construction of the centre was requested by Westfield, it was suggested that the Helensvale location was too close to existing centres at Southport (Australia Fair) and Runaway Bay (Runaway Bay Shopping Village). The Gold Coast City Council argued that the planned Coomera Town Centre (about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) up the M1) would cater for the catchment. Westfield Helensvale was built mainly because Coomera Town Centre, which is planned to be the true heart of the region, was hitting obstacles in the ways of planning. Part of the outcome of that debate was that part of the Westfield Centre was meant to have the appearance of an outdoor shopping street connecting the train station through to the older Helensvale shops nearby. However, since the older shops are located across a major road they have been refurbished for local shopping. The Westfield Helensvale shopping centre has predominately mall enclosed shopping and only a few shops open to outside traffic. Many other Westfield shopping centres conversely are often fully enclosed malls, however the company is redeveloping a number of sites (such as Garden City) to include outdoor, piazza style areas.

Helensvale Town Centre sign

Parking and Transportation[edit]

Westfield Helensvale has 2000 car parking spaces, all of which are free.

The parking areas are divided in accordance with which section of the centre they are adjacent to, as well as to provide easy access to local and regional roads.

The shopping centre is adjacent to Helensvale railway station, which is serviced by various buses and trains to local areas and Brisbane.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Condon, Turi (20 June 2014). "Westfield restructure a success: Lowy". The Australian Business Review. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 

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