Pacific Werribee

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Pacific Werribee
Location Hoppers Crossing
Opening date 1985
Owner Pacific Shopping Centres
No. of stores and services 275 (as of January 2017)
No. of anchor tenants 7 [1]
Total retail floor area 115,000 square metres (1,240,000 sq ft) as of July 2016[2]
No. of floors

1 Retail

3 Car Park
Parking 3500 [1]
Website pacificwerribee.com.au

Pacific Werribee (formerly known as Werribee Plaza) is a major regional shopping centre located in the suburb of Hoppers Crossing, approximately 29 kilometres (18 mi) south-west of the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) in Victoria, Australia. As of January 2017, the shopping centre has had a total of 275 stores.

On 3 February 2014, it was announced that Werribee Plaza would be rebranded as Pacific Werribee as part of a A$370 million redevelopment. The revamped shopping centre includes a two-level Myer Department Store, Gold Class Cinemas and a new Fresh Food Precinct. The shopping centre is projected to grow by 35,000m² by late 2016.

According to the Melbourne 2030 Metropolitan Strategy, Pacific Werribee is located in one of twenty-six recognised Principal Activity Centres.[3]

History[edit]

Werribee Plaza first opened in 1985. The centre has had a total of 7 stages of construction over time, with the 7th stage commencing in late 2013. The complex was originally in two separate buildings up until the second stage. The largest building included fresh food supermarkets and minor stores, while the other was covered by a single floored Myer Store.

Originally the centre included a 3 levelled entertainment district including La Porchetta located on the Heaths Rd Carpark, an Arcade and a Village Cinemas. In late 2014 the district was demolished to create the 2 levelled Plaza Tavern, Myer Department Store, Urban Diner, a new Village Cinemas, an Underground Car Parking System for the new Village Cinemas, a Bingo Centre, Library and other huge additions.

Through the centre's redevelopment, Werribee Plaza/Pacific Werribee has been recategorised twice. Before redevelopment Pacific Werribee was originally a regional centre. From mid 2015 it was later announced that through construction the centre had been recategorised 'major regional' due to the centre's area growth. On the 28th of August it was finally announced Pacific Werribee's redevelopment was complete. Due to an addition of area growth and anchor tenants it was officially marked Pacific Werribee a super regional retail complex, but still according to the website, it claims the categorisation hasn't changed.

Redevelopment[edit]

Pacific Werribee has now undergone several stages of renovations and redevelopments since its opening.

Stage 2[edit]

Stage 2 consisted mainly of the construction of a totally separate building on the west side of the site that would later be connected to the existing centre. With this, Pacific Werribee saw the addition of a Woolworths supermarket, Big W, Best & Less and Harris Scarfe, and the installation of glass panelling to create an open space feel. This stage costed roughly A$0.8 million.[4]

Stage 4[edit]

Stage four saw the creation of the relocated Kmart store, construction of the food court in the existing building located east end of the centre and the installation of glass panelling above, the re-creation of 4 entrances to suit new centre facade and re-tiling of entire existing building. Stage 4's developments were worth about A$25 million.[5]

Stages 5 and 6[edit]

Stages 5 and 6 were an important part of the expansion and included the creation of a new area to link the existing and new buildings together to create a unified centre. These 2 stages combined cost about A$13 million.[6]

Stage 7[edit]

On 3 February 2014, Pacific Shopping Centres[7] announced that the Werribee Plaza will be rebranded to Pacific Werribee as a part of a A$370 million redevelopment. The shopping centre is projected to grow by 35,000m² by late 2016.

The development is set to include a two-level Myer Department Store, Target store, 120 new stores and kiosks, a new fresh food precinct branded ‘Hunter Gatherer’ which will include a Woolworths an Aldi, and several small stores related to fresh food, a Village Cinemas redevelopment with two new Gold Class Cinema Rooms, an expanded bus interchange and an addition of 1,500 new car parking spaces. The project is expected to be complete by early 2017.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1] Pacific Werribee Leasing Profile - Pacific Werribee website
  2. ^ Gandel denies interest in developer Alter's assets - By Maurice Dunlevy - 30 October 2008 - The Australian
  3. ^ [2] Principal Activity Centres Map - Department of Natural Resources and Environment website
  4. ^ [3] Construction Engineering Australia - Pacific Werribee - Stage 2
  5. ^ [4] Construction Engineering Australia - Pacific Werribee - Stage 4
  6. ^ [5] Construction Engineering Australia - Pacific Werribee - Stage 5 and 6
  7. ^ Werribee Plaza will be rebranded as Pacific Werribee as part of a AUD $370 million redevelopment to begin next month.

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