Australia Fair Shopping Centre

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Australia Fair
Australia Fair Logo.JPG
Location 42 Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland
Owner Retail First Pty Ltd
No. of stores and services Over 230
No. of anchor tenants Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas
Coles
Woolworths
Kmart
Best and Less
Sam's Warehouse
Website www.australiafair.com.au

Australia Fair Shopping Centre is a dual-level regional shopping centre covering 59,540 square metres (640,900 sq ft) located in Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland. The centre also incorporates a five-level office tower comprising 5,824 square metres (62,690 sq ft) of office space, housing specialist services and commercial offices.

Shopping[edit]

The centre has in excess of 210 specialty stores.[1] In addition, major stores include Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Sam's Warehouse, Best & Less and a Birch Carroll & Coyle cinema complex.

Major food court retailers include McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, KFC, Subway, Boost Juice, Donut King, The Coffee Club, Zarraffas Coffee.

Parking[edit]

The centre has undercover and rooftop parking for 2500 cars with three adjoining public car parks that cope with overflow. The frontage to Scarborough Street, the Gold Coast’s major north/south bus interchange, provides access to bus stops and taxi ranks.

The bus interchange at Australia Fair is a major transport hub for Surfside Buslines' TransLink [2] bus routes.

History[edit]

1983
Australia Fair West (originally known as Scarborough Fair) was built and anchored by Franklins. It was formally the site of South Coast Dairy in Scarborough Street. Contains Franklins, Treasureway and 40 specialty shops with off-road parking.

1984: Scarborough Fair was built incorporating a Coles Supermarket and Kmart Store.

1989
Scarborough Fair Shopping Centre doubled its size and extended through to Nerang Street Mall. Work on Australia Fair Shopping Centre was based around the old Scarborough Fair Retail Centre and retail anchors Kmart, Coles, Woolworths and Franklins.

1990: Australia Fair opened on 10 April 1990 a project which took more than a year and $300 million to complete. At completion, Australia Fair Shopping Centre had the largest concentration of specialty stores and was the only shopping centre in the Gold Coast let alone nation with three supermarket chains at the time: Woolworths, Coles and Franklins. 1991: The 52,000 square metre shopping development is the first of its kind in Australia and one of the largest in Queensland.

1993: An extension introduced the centre to a six-cinema complex and also created a Leisure Court Retail precinct.

1995
The Fashion Boulevard, Broadwater Food Court and Fresh Food Marketplace were refurbished and renamed to establish these precincts. The owner acquired the ex-State School site next to Australia Fair West for expansion purposes.

1997–1998: Extensions were completed, cinemas expanded from 6 to 10 and reconfiguration of the Cinema Leisure Court Retail/Entertainment precinct.

1998–1999
Colonial First State bought into the joint-venture ownership of Australia Fair with MEPC. The sale deal also included the former state school redevelopment site in Garden Street. 'Australia Fair set for $16m upgrade'...Owners announce their $16m refurbishment and upgrade. A major part of the refurb is the upgrade of the Fig Tree Foud Court, remodeling of tennancies, additional weatherproof structure and replacement of an escalator.

2001: Gordon Fu purchases Australia Fair from Colonial First State.

2002–2004
$2.7 million spent on an upgrade to flooring, directional signage and Amenities/facilities upgrade which enhances the centre's appearance and image for Southport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Centre Info - Australia Fair". Australia Fair Shopping Centre. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Translink,

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