The District Docklands
Interior of Harbour Town looking towards the Southern Star in 2009
|Opening date||October 21, 2008 (as Harbour Town)|
2017 (as The District Docklands)
|No. of stores and services||80|
|No. of anchor tenants||4 (2 currently under construction)|
|Total retail floor area||40,818 m2 (439,361 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||2|
Harbour Town opened on 21 October 2008 and was owned by ING Real Estate. It was discount retail centre part of the Harbour Town concept. The Harbour Town featured a ferris wheel known as Southern Star which opened in 20 December 2008 but closed on 30 January 2009 due to structural defects. It reopened on 23 December 2013 and was rebranded as Melbourne Star.
Since its opening in 2008, Harbour Town struggled to attract visitors and shoppers to the centre due to the close proximity of being located near two DFO outlets and located on the edge of the CBD.
A $150 million facelift and rebranding was announced in August 2017. Swedish retail giant H&M signed on as the first retail anchor tenant and is joined by a number of other popular national youth fashion and lifestyle brands. These changes mark the establishment of Melbourne's latest shopping, entertainment and fresh food precinct. Construction of an eight-cinema Hoyts and an entertainment concept by Funlab was started in May 2017, set to open in mid-2018.
The fresh food marketplace called The District Market, anchored by Woolworths and complemented by a variety of international and local retailers, will form the final stage of the redevelopment, due for completion in mid-2019.
The centre has already undergone an extensive aesthetic upgrade, including the installation of all-weather roofing.
The District Docklands has 40,818 square metres (439,360 square feet) of floor space, comprising 80 stores over two levels serviced by 2,818 car spaces. The major retailers, which are located at either end of the centre, include Costco and H&M. Hoyts will also be an anchor tenant in centre which is set to open in mid-2018 and Woolworths will also be an anchor tenant set to open in mid-2019.
The District Docklands is the terminal stop for tram routes 35, 70 and 86, running along Docklands Drive to the south of the centre. Bus routes 220, 941 and 942 also serve the shopping centre, running along Footscray Road to the east.
The District Docklands also has a multi level car park with 2,818 spaces.
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