Watergardens Town Centre
Taylors Lakes, Victoria
|Opening date||29 September 1997|
|Developer||Queensland Investment Corporation|
|Owner||Queensland Investment Corporation|
|No. of stores and services||224|
|Total retail floor area||115,000 m2 (1,240,000 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||1|
|Public transit access||Watergardens station|
Watergardens Town Centre is a super regional shopping centre located in Taylors Lakes, 24 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, Victoria. It opened in 1997, and is owned by the Queensland Investment Corporation.
The site was purchased by the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) in February 1995, with construction commencing in October 1996. The initial proposal for the site included 30,000 m2 (320,000 sq ft) of retail space at the cost of A$100,000,000 (equivalent to $174,351,585 in 2018), with anchor tenants Bi-Lo, Hoyts, Safeway and Target. The centre opened as Watergardens Shopping Centre on 29 September 1997 with 100 speciality stores: the name Watergardens was reportedly chosen in homage of the adjacent Taylors Creek.
The adjacent Watergardens Town Centre Homemaker Centre opened in 2001, expanding to 15,000 m2 (160,000 sq ft) of retail space in 2002. Watergardens railway station was also opened in 2002 following the extension of M-Train St Albans services to Sydenham, with QIC purchasing the naming rights to the station.
A further expansion to the centre was announced in 2003, adding a further 25,000 m2 (270,000 sq ft) of retail space to the complex. Construction commenced in December 2005 and was originally planned to open in April 2007, but was delayed until May of that year. A record crowd attended the centre on 23 December 2007, with more than 45,000 customers attending the centre.
Watergardens is serviced by the adjacent Watergardens railway station, with all Metro Trains Sunbury line and some V/Line Bendigo line trains stopping at the station. Seven bus routes originate at Watergardens station, with the 476 to Moonee Ponds Junction making additional stops to the north of the main complex building and outside the homemaker centre complex.
Watergardens Town Centre has more than 115,000 m2 (1,240,000 sq ft) of floor space, comprising 250 stores including two Woolworths supermarkets, Aldi, Big W, Target, Rebel Sport, JB Hi-Fi, Hoyts and Zone Bowling. Tenants at the adjacent homemaker centre include Bunnings Warehouse and Harvey Norman.
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