Westfield Carousel

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Westfield Carousel
Westfield Carousel entrance.jpg
Entrance
Location Cannington, Western Australia
Coordinates 32°11′24″S 115°33′42″E / 32.19°S 115.5617°E / -32.19; 115.5617Coordinates: 32°11′24″S 115°33′42″E / 32.19°S 115.5617°E / -32.19; 115.5617
Address Cnr Albany Highway & Cecil Avenue
Opening date 1972
Management Scentre Group
Owner Scentre Group
No. of stores and services 293
No. of anchor tenants 9
Total retail floor area 82,464 m²
No. of floors 2
Parking 4,300
Public transit access Yes
Website www.westfield.com.au/carousel

Westfield Carousel is an Australian shopping centre in the Perth suburb of Cannington. It is located approximately 12 kilometres from Perth on the Albany Highway and approximately 600 metres from Cannington station.[1][2]

History and development[edit]

Carousel Shopping Centre was built in 1972 and originally contained 58 shops, a hotel, two takeaway food shops, a Woolworths supermarket, Boans (later acquired by Myer), Aherns (later acquired by David Jones) and Walsh's. In 1973, a freestanding Target store opened. In 1979, an extension included connection of the existing centre to the Target, Coles and new speciality stores.

The original centre incorporated the site of Boans Waverley, the first suburban Boans branch, which opened in 1959. It also later incorporated the Waverley Hotel, which stood on the corner of Albany Highway and Cecil Road (now Avenue). It was purchased by the Westfield Group in 1996.[3]

Redevelopments[edit]

1987 to 1990[edit]

In the late 1980s Boans was taken over by Myer. This development was the third Myer in Western Australia. In addition the Aherns store was also replaced with Myer in the 1980s. Unlike most Myer stores, The Carousel Store was split into two separate buildings one for fashion (the former Boans near Albany Hwy) and for homewares/furniture in the former Aherns. Reconfiguration of tenancies also occurred in 1987. Walshes was replaced by Treasureway in this era.

In 1990 Hoyts 8 Cinema was opened as a freestanding building near Carousel Road. This was one of the first suburban cinemas in Perth.

1998-1999[edit]

In 1998, a huge $200 million redevelopment and expansion began in order to double the size of the complex, which made it Western Australia's Biggest Shopping Centre. This development included a Kmart Australia, Coles Supermarket, Rebel Sport, Lincraft, Harris Scarfe, Red Dot Stores, relocated Woolworths, consolidated Myer store, new Hoyts Cinema and the Al Fresco dining area with four dining retailers, a new food court and over 100 new retailers. Some mini-major stores were added to the older parts of the complex, such as Red Dot Stores and Best & Less. The complete centre underwent refurbishment throughout 1999. This was the biggest development in the Westfield Carousel thus far.

Changes in 2000s[edit]

Further minor redevelopmentd happened in the 2000s. Harris Scarfe closed down in 2001 and was replaced with a larger Red Dot, Chain Reaction, Retravision and Drummond Golf. This portion of the centre was further reconfigured in 2008 following the departure of Lincraft, Red Dot and Chain Reaction. The minor redevelopment included a new mall with JB Hi Fi, Kathmandu, Reject Shop, Good Life Health Clubs and a number of banks.

2015 and Beyond[edit]

In 2015, Rebel Sport got refurbished. Further on in 2015, Hoyts Cinemas added an iPlay arcade next to the cinema. In June 2016 Red Dot Stores reopened located next to Radio Rentals. Best & Less was also refurbished in 2015-2016. The food court is also under refurbishment and will be open for Christmas 2016, according to Westfield Carousel's website. Parking was also upgraded in July 2016.

Westfield has planned a $250 million extension to add an additional two or three floors. Westfield is also considering adding an additional apartment block to the building. The most recent development approval shows the addition of a parallel mall to the existing mall from Myer to Kmart in the existing parking area adjacent to Albany Hwy with a two storey major tenant (Indicatively David Jones) a second storey mall above existing main west-east mall including new dining precinct and new area for fresh food tenancies near Woolworths extending toward Cecil Ave.9

As of February 2017 a number of stores in the portion of the centre near Albany Hwy to be redeveloped have closed indicating that the redevelopment and expansion is soon to commence.

Shortly after it was finally confirmed that David Jones Limited will open its doors along with a roof top al fresco dining, a extended HOYTS Cinemas and a multi deck car park. Development will also include paid parking up to $5-$15.

David Jones Limited and everything else will open late 2018.

Transport[edit]

The centre is located at a walking distance of approximately 600 metres from the Cannington Interchange. Multiple bus services connect the shopping centre to the interchange. Additional bus services run to and from the city along the Albany Highway.

Facilities[edit]

Redevelopment gallery between 1998 and 1999, located outside of centre management

As of October 2015, Westfield Carousel had 293 shops, 82,464 m² of floor area and 4,300 car spaces.[4]

Part of Carousel shopping centre
The food court

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writer (2001-07-02). "Commonwealth Property to spend $100million on redevelopment of shopping centre.". Inside Retailing. Ian Huntley Pty Ltd. Midland Gate will become the fourth largest shopping complex in Western Australia, behind Westfield Carousel, Westfield Galleria and Garden City. 
  2. ^ Jacobs, Marsha (2006-01-19). "Botha takes position on centre stage at Westfield". WA Business News. Business News Pty Ltd. In 2001 Ms Botha was appointed as centre manager of the largest shopping centre in WA, Westfield Carousel  .
  3. ^ Premier opens $355 million Westfield Carousel Westfield Group
  4. ^ Key Stats and Figures Scentre Group

External links[edit]

Media related to Westfield Carousel at Wikimedia Commons