Robina Town Centre
|Opening date||April 1996|
|No. of stores and services||Over 350|
|No. of anchor tenants||7|
|Total retail floor area||70,000 square metres (750,000 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||5|
Robina Town Centre is the largest shopping centre on the Gold Coast, covering 34 hectares (84 acres) in the suburb of Robina, with 7 anchor tenants and over 350 retail outlets covering over 130,000 square metres (1,400,000 sq ft).
Construction began on the centre in 1994 and it was at the time the largest mall in Australia to be built in a single development period. Stage One of the development opened in late April 1996 and Stage Two, two extra levels of shopping, in late August 1996. The centre has since been taken over by QIC Real Estate from the original developers Jerde and development and refurbishment has occurred in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007–09, 2010 and 2014/15. This development has cost $40 million and further development is planned. As well as development in 2006 there were a number of events to celebrate the 10th birthday of the centre. These included celebrity visits and children's events.
In 2007, the Robina Town Centre commenced on a $300 million extension, which opened in April 2009. These works added a 2nd Woolworths supermarket, a large scale 10,000 m² Big W (which opened as the largest Big W store in Australia), a two-storey Borders book store, a new entertainment and leisure precinct surrounding the lake including new cinemas and restaurants, a new state of the art 900-seat Food Atrium, plus over 100 new stores and an additional 1,100 parking spaces.
In 2010, Robina Town Centre completed a $90 million expansion with the addition of a Myer store (in the location of the previous Birch, Carroll and Coyle Cinemas) plus 12 new fashion stores in a new mall linking Arbour Lane to the food markets.
In May 2015, a new mall opened adjacent to Market Hall with a 4,200 square metre Super Coles Store and an additional 1,500 square metres of retail space. Stage 2B of Market Hall (The Kitchens) is currently under construction and is planned to incorporate 55 new retailers and is set to be completed by late 2016. Also scheduled for a revamp is the food atrium which is set to be completed in September 2016. Further development commenced in May 2016 with The Central Malls Project starting which will link the existing West and East fashion malls, the new mall is set to become the bustling heart of Robina Town Centre offering completely new flagship brands and outlets as well as approximately 45 new specialty stores. The Central Malls Project is expected to be opened in 2018.
Shopping and surroundings
The shopping centre has themed malls – Arbour Lane, Bazaar Street, Food Markets, Fashion Mall (Crescent West) and the North Mall – give this shopping centre a unique feel. The Robina Station and Skilled Park Stadium are also nearby.
Parking and Transportation
Robina Town Centre has an intelligent parking system, with parking assist bays and empty parking indicators to assist in finding a park. With approximately 6,000 car parks available mostly undercover, the parking assist works using sensors above parks with LED indicators if a park is empty (Green) or taken (Red). These sensors communicate with the directional flow indicators on the main thoroughfare that blink in the direction of an empty parking bay. There are 85 disabled parking bays that are undercover and an additional 12 open aired parking bays located at the Food markets car park. There are 50 parents with Pram parking bays with extra wide bays located in various sections of each car park area.
Robina Town Centre is within walking distance of Robina Train Station and Skilled Park and is serviced by multiple Translink (Surfside) buses and trains from Brisbane to Varsity Lakes that operate in the area.
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