|Owner||The Westfield Group|
|No. of stores and services||182 |
|No. of anchor tenants||3|
Westfield Queensgate (also known by its former name Queensgate Mall) is a large shopping centre in central Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The centre first opened in 1986, and underwent a large scale redevelopment that was completed in August 2006.
The centre features:
- a 2 floor Farmers department store
- a large Warehouse store
- a Countdown supermarket
- a 9 screen Event Cinemas multiplex
- plus over 150 specialty stores
The centre is located on the corner of Queens Drive and Bunny Street in the centre of Lower Hutt. It is also the location of a major bus interchange (known as Lower Hutt Queensgate) with buses going to Upper Hutt, Waterloo Interchange (Hutt Central) Railway Station, Petone and Wellington City. The centre is also a short walking distance from Melling railway station. The centre has over 1,855 car park spaces.
History and Development
The area was formerly a residential area. The houses were demolished in the mid 60's-70s expanding Bloomfield Terrace. The centre opened in 1986. The centre refurbished in 1991 and was expanded. It was purchased by Westfield in 1999. Between 2004 and 2006 the mall had a big expansion doubling the size of the centre with a bigger carpark, more shops and a new Event Cinemas multiplex. Hoyts was about to stop leasing the cinema at Centre City Plaza and take the cinema area while the mall was still in the expansion period, but Westfield decided Event Cinemas to take the cinema area. The expansion led to Lower Hutt CBD to become empty and led the closure of Hoyts 5 multiplex in High St. However the Foodtown supermarket that is overtaken by the carpark now has now moved south-east of the mall. The centre has a catchment area of 375,030+ people annually. The centre has a footfall of over 8 million people per annum. The centre's floor space is 45,467 m² (489,406 ft²) and the centre has an annual turnover of NZ$202.5 million.