Box Hill Central Shopping Centre
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|Location||Box Hill, Victoria, Australia|
|Owner||Vicinity Centres (100%)|
|No. of stores and services||
|No. of anchor tenants||
|Total retail floor area||
37,971 m2 (408,716 Sq Ft)
|No. of floors||3|
|Public transit access||Box Hill station|
Box Hill Central Shopping Centre is a regional shopping centre complex (made up of two separate centres) located in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Box Hill in Victoria, Australia. It is approximately 16 kilometres (10 mi) east of Melbourne's central business district and both shopping centres are centrally located within the Box Hill shopping precinct and Whitehorse City Council's Principal Activity Centre.
Box Hill Central - North
Box Hill Central - North was originally opened in the 1970s as Whitehorse Plaza, however due to the lack of patrons it was closed down in 2000. After redevelopment of the entire shopping centre which consisted of demolition of all tenancies with the shopping centre, reconfigure of the main shopping mall & car parks as well as major refurbishment of the external as well as the internal facades by Centro Properties Group it was reopened on 1 July 2003 as Centro Whitehorse (although called Whitehorse City while under redevelopment), the shopping centre has had incremental expansions over time since then. In 2007 Centro Whitehorse was re branded as Centro Box Hill North and expanded to include a brand new Harris Scarfe store, now the flagship store in Victoria. In 2013 it was rebranded to Box Hill Central - North as a result of an organisation wide rebranding of all centres owned by Federation Limited.
It is also common for faith groups to share tracks and cheerful Christmas music in the outdoor areas. Particularly, multi-cultural groups featuring a certain Tzar Maher have been found to be effective. With his ethnicity providing beautiful juxtaposition in the Asian-dominated demographics of the patrons, his voice, hair and even beard, have impacted observers and astonished on-lookers alike. Others have also proven effective. Andrew Llort (JCfan), "Go Chew a Bomb", Senpai Alicia, Vincent and Peking Duck have also been seen in the area.
Box Hill Central - South
Box Hill Central - South was originally opened in 1984 as Box Hill Central, it was built when the old Box Hill railway station,and level crossing was removed, and Market and Main Streets were closed to traffic. The centre was refurbished in 1998 and in 2000 was acquired by the Centro Properties Group, who have since renamed it to Centro Box Hill South, though many still refer to it as Box Hill Central. Unusually, the shopping centre has a large indoor fresh food market located along the eastern edge of the complex. The original market opened in 1895 which was incorporated into the shopping centre when it was developed.
The two shopping centres have a combined gross lettable area of 37,995 m2 (408,970 sq ft), 2,537 parking spaces and over 190 retailers, eateries and service providers. They also contain approximately 100 professional office suites in professional office towers.
The Box Hill region is well known for its large population of Hong Kong Chinese, with smaller groups of mainland China, Taiwanese and Vietnamese. This is reflected in the diversity of the produce in fresh food markets, medicinal herb retailers and clothing shops. In addition to the familiar European market offerings, the market area stocks an extensive range of traditional Asian foods.
Box Hill Central (North and South) has an annual turnover in excess of A$150 million.
Box Hill Central - South was built above Box Hill station (Premium Station), and the entrance is contained inside the shopping centre. The complex also has a major bus interchange on its roof and the terminus for tram route 109 is nearby on Whitehorse Road. It passes through the inner eastern suburbs en route to Port Melbourne(via the Melbourne CBD). There are a few bus stops situated around both the shopping centres and they are both situated in Metlink zone 2. Box Hill Central has 7 levels of undercover car parking. The shopping centre has bicycle racks located at most major entrances as well as an on-site taxi rank.