Westfield Mount Druitt
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Interior of Westfield Mount Druitt
|Location||Mount Druitt, New South Wales|
|Owner||Scentre Group (50%)
Dexus Property Group (50%)
|No. of stores and services||240|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||60,088 m2 (646,780 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||2|
The shopping centre opened in 1973 and was known as the "Great Western" shopping centre. The centre shopping centre shifted the focus of the suburb with the level crossing closed and the relocation of Mount Druitt railway station next to the centre. In the 1980s The Great Western Shopping Centre became known as Mount Druitt Marketown. The Westfield Group purchased the centre in 1992, renaming it Westfield Mount Druitt in the process. Westfield Mount Druitt is jointly owned by Dexus Property Group (50%) and the Westfield Group (50%), and managed by Westfield Centre Management. In 2004 the two level Myer store (originally Grace Bros 1973-2004) closed ending 30 years in the centre and was replaced by Coles and other specialty stores.
- On February 2, 2011, a massive brawl between rival groups of teenagers and young men at Westfield Mount Druitt was sparked by a war of words on Facebook. Police monitored Facebook and other social networking sites days before two rival islander groups clashed at the centre about 7.45pm in front of shoppers. About 100 young males, aged in their teens and early 20s armed themselves with baseball bats and homemade weapons but were met by about 65 police officers from the dog squad, the riot squad and other specialist officers.The fight began over ``general insults'' between the groups, one of which is linked to Mount Druitt and the other from the Granville area.
- On August 20, a man threatened a teenager with a machete and has been charged. Police said the man held a machete to a 17-year-old boy's throat at the centre. The man and the boy did not know each other and that it was a random attack.
- On November 30, 2015, a blind man collecting donations for charity has been robbed of $250. A Bidwill man has been charged with stealing following the incident at 9.30am on Sunday. The 67 year old man who is blind was collecting donations for a spinal cord injury charity from shoppers. He was sitting next to his donation box outside a department store at the centre when the incident allegedly occurred. The 34-year-old Bidwill man was on a bicycle and approached the man collecting donations before snatching the charity box and riding away.
- On January 9, 2017, two people were arrested following a confrontation with police after a teenage girl allegedly threatened to kill an employee at the store outside the centre. Police said the girl, 17, threw a shopping trolley through the front door of 7-Eleven outside the about 9.15pm and verbally intimidated a staff member. The girl allegedly attempted to flee police custody and a struggle broke out. A 27-year-old man who they say tried to prevent the girl’s arrest was sprayed with pepper spray. The pair was both taken to Mount Druitt police station where they were charged.
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