Pacific Epping

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Pacific Epping
LocationEpping, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates37°39′07″S 145°01′23″E / 37.652004°S 145.023085°E / -37.652004; 145.023085Coordinates: 37°39′07″S 145°01′23″E / 37.652004°S 145.023085°E / -37.652004; 145.023085
Opening date29 October 1996; 23 years ago (1996-10-29)
OwnerPacific Shopping Centres
No. of stores and services239
No. of anchor tenants12
Total retail floor area74,036 m2 (796,920 sq ft)[1]
No. of floors2
Parking3050 Aboveground car parks
950 underground car parks[2]
Websitewww.pacificepping.com.au

Pacific Epping or Epping Plaza is a shopping centre in Epping, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. It opened in May 1996.[citation needed] It is located on the corner of High Street and Cooper Street, 500 m (1,600 ft) away from Epping railway station, Melbourne, and approximately 21 km (13 mi) north of the Melbourne CBD. Until September 2013, the shopping centre was known as Epping Plaza.

History[edit]

Pacific Epping prior to the construction of the Urban Diner.
Official sign

Epping Plaza Shopping Centre was officially opened on 29 October 1996 by The Hon. Robert Maclellan, M.L.A.

In mid-2007, Epping Plaza underwent major extension[3][4] and the total number of stores grew to 218.

Further development in 2009 included extension and refurbishment of the Fresh Food Hall, now named "Hunter & Gatherer". The area to the north of Hunter & Gatherer was also refurbished.

Stage 5 added 11 restaurants and cafés in a street-style setting on the Cooper Street side of Epping Plaza. Reading Cinemas built two extra auditoriums.[5] The completion of Stage 5 rebranded the shopping centre to Pacific Epping.

Stage 6 saw the expansion of the hunter and gatherer mall and included 55 specialty retailers, a new Kmart Discount department store, a larger and brand new Woolworths supermarket and a carpark area that will eventually adjoin the as of 2017 unbuilt Costco supermarket, there will also be new access from the opening of Deveny Road.

in June 2018 QIC assumed Management rights and 50% ownership of the centre.

Quest Apartment Hotels announced in January 2017 that it would build a 96-room hotel that would include an additional 1300sqm of new restaurants at Pacific Epping after securing a lease.[6]

Incidents[edit]

On 3 October 2006 a small fire broke out in cinema six of Reading cinemas forcing the evacuation 40 people. Water from fire sprinklers trigged by the blaze also caused damage to a Harris Scarfe department store located below the cinema. Police believe the blaze was deliberately lit.[7]

On 3 December 2008 shoppers and staff at the shopping centre were evacuated after a wall fell five metres inside Big W's garden centre. Police initially feared Big W's northern wall, which was attached to the fallen one, could also collapse, adding "It was an absolute miracle no one died." The collapse caused Big W, surrounding stores and part of the underground car park to be evacuated and the Big W entrance to the centre to be closed off. It is thought that a burst pipe may have caused the collapse. No one was injured. Police praised the actions of the staff of Big W Epping and Epping Plaza.[8][9]

One of the first cases of swine flu in Australia unconnected with foreign travel were detected at Epping Plaza. A staff member at McDonald's was diagnosed with swine flu virus, and the McDonald's branch was immediately closed.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Exciting new restaurant precinct at Pacific Epping - "The launch of the Urban Diner will expand the Centre’s footprint by 9,288m2 increasing the gross leasable area (GLA) to 74,036m2."
  2. ^ Casual Mall leasing Epping Plaza Regional shopping centre[permanent dead link] - "The centre has 4000 car parking spaces including 950 undercover."
  3. ^ Equiset - Epping Plaza Regional Shopping Centre Archived 6 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine - "Equiset was the successful tenderer for the $80 million stage three development of Epping Plaza Regional Shopping Centre"
  4. ^ Epping Plaza Shopping Centre - Melbourne Archived 19 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine - NDY Group.
  5. ^ "Epping Central Project Bulletin" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 March 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  6. ^ Quest to develop 96-room hotel at Melbourne’s Pacific Epping Shopping Centre, By James Wilkinson, 6 January 2017, Hotel Management
  7. ^ "Fire damages cinema". Herald Sun. News. 4 October 2006.
  8. ^ Wotherspoon, Sarah (3 December 2008). "Roof of Big W store at Epping Plaza collapses". Herald Sun. News.
  9. ^ Saeed, Saeed; Smith, Mark; Olivo, Sandro (3 December 2008). "Wall collapses at Epping Plaza with fears of another to follow - Emergency Services". Leader News. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008.
  10. ^ Wotherspoon, Sarah (27 May 2009). "Swine flu closes Melbourne McDonalds store". Perth Now. News. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012.

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