Westfield Carindale

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Westfield Carindale
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Westfield Carindale from Creek Road in 2006
Location Carindale, Brisbane Australia
Coordinates 27°30′10″S 153°06′05″E / 27.50278°S 153.10139°E / -27.50278; 153.10139Coordinates: 27°30′10″S 153°06′05″E / 27.50278°S 153.10139°E / -27.50278; 153.10139
Address 1151 Creek Road
Opening date 1979
Management Scentre Group[1]
Owner Carindale Property Trust (The Westfield Group)
Australian Prime Property Fund (Lend Lease Group)
No. of stores and services 443
No. of anchor tenants 12
Total retail floor area 136,373 square metres
No. of floors 3 (Event Cinemas and Go Health Club on level three)
Parking 6,750 spaces
Website westfield.com/carindale

Westfield Carindale is the largest shopping centre in Queensland and located in the suburb of Carindale, east of Brisbane. The centre became the third-largest shopping centre in Australia on completion of redevelopment in 2012. The centre contains over 450 specialty stores (over 40 more than Westfield Chermside and 25 more than Westfield Garden City) and almost 6,000 car parking spaces. Other features include a food court, brand new Brisbane City Council Library, and a state of the art luxury Glasshouse Dining Precinct.[2]

History[edit]

First opened in 1979, it was Brisbane's largest shopping centre (at 116,884 square metres or 1,258,139 sq ft). In 1996 Suncorp floated the property as the Suncorp Property Trust.[3]

In March 1999 it became the first centre in Queensland to have two Major Department Stores in the one centre.[4][5]

It was managed for twenty years by Jones Lang LaSalle until October 1999 when The Westfield Group launched a bid for Suncorps 50% of the trust.[6][7] The Westfield bid was successful and the trust was renamed Carindale Property Trust in addition to a re-branding of the centre.[8] Suncorp sold its remaining 50% as part of the sale of Suncorp Retail Property Fund to Lend Lease Groups Australian Prime Property Fund in 2001.[9]

In October 2010, Westfield Carindale commenced a $300 million redevelopment which added approximately 22,000 square metres of retail to the centre. Stage one of the project opened on 29 March 2012 and featured over 75 new retail tenancies in a new 2 level parallel mall, a full-line Coles Supermarket and a larger relocated Target Department Store.[10]

Stage Two of the development opened on 9 August 2012 and included a strong focus on Australian and International fashion brands.[11] New precincts revealed top brands such as Adidas, Aesop, Kookai, Leona Edmiston, Marcs, Mecca Maxima, Saba and Scotch & Soda. Other features of the redevelopment includes a new Brisbane City Council Library, a new restaurant precinct (The Glasshouse) and an improved car park management system which includes parking guidance assistance. Westfield Carindale is also home to the newest 'Event Cinemas' complex in Queensland

In December 2013 Carindale opened their first ever indoor children's play centre 'We Play' located on level 3 near the 'Go Health gym'. Parents can drop off their child for a maximum of 2 hours whilst they go shop and have the We Play staff supervise.

Transport[edit]

Carindale bus station is a major transport hub for the area, providing access to three major universities, the Redland Shire and the Brisbane CBD. The proposed future Carindale busway station as part of the Eastern Busway will provide extra and more efficient public transport.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Condon, Turi (20 June 2014). "Westfield restructure a success: Lowy". The Australian Business Review. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Westfield leads retail experience". South East Advertiser (1 ed.). Brisbane, Australia. 2012-08-22. p. 13. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Anthony (1996-10-04). "Suncorp plans shops float". The Sydney Morning Herald (Late ed.). p. 27. ISSN 0312-6315. 
  4. ^ "DJs Store Opens". South East Advertiser. Brisbane, Australia. 1999-03-10. p. 28. 
  5. ^ MacDonald, Kim; Rhyll Cronin (1999-03-26). "Retailing Rivals Clash To Lure Customers". The Courier-Mail (2 - First With The News ed.). Brisbane, Australia. p. 034. 
  6. ^ Cronin, Rhyll (1999-10-06). "Westfield's $92m move". The Courier-Mail (1 - First with the news ed.). Brisbane, Australia. p. 031. 
  7. ^ "Westfield Takes Reins". South East Advertiser. Brisbane, Australia. 1999-10-13. p. 3. 
  8. ^ Brannelly, Louise (1999-12-14). The Courier-Mail (1 - First with the news ed.). Brisbane, Australia. p. 027.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  9. ^ Wilson, Bob (2001-08-10). "Suncorp in $486m exit from property". The Courier-Mail (1 - First with the news ed.). Brisbane, Australia. p. 031. 
  10. ^ http://www.4-traders.com/CARINDALE-PROPERTY-TRUST-6492288/news/CARINDALE-PROPERTY-TRUST-Westfield-Carindale-Redevelopment-Opens-14244529/
  11. ^ Hart, Matthew (2012-08-09). "Westfield spends up to attract shoppers". The Courier-Mail (6 - Late City ed.). Brisbane, Australia. p. 022. 

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