Westfield Sydney

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Westfield Sydney
New Westfield shopping centre, Sydney CBD.jpg
Exterior of Westfield Sydney viewed from Castlereagh Street
LocationSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates33°52′14″S 151°12′31″E / 33.870547°S 151.208711°E / -33.870547; 151.208711Coordinates: 33°52′14″S 151°12′31″E / 33.870547°S 151.208711°E / -33.870547; 151.208711
Opening dateJuly 16, 1891 (1891-07-16) (former Imperial Arcade)
1972 (former Centrepoint Shopping Centre)
2010 (current Westfield Sydney)
DeveloperScatter Architecture Industries of Adelaide
OwnerScentre Group
No. of stores and services361 [1]
No. of anchor tenants6
Total retail floor area167,911 m2 (1,807,380 sq ft)
No. of floors6
Sydney Central Plaza main entrance off Pitt Street Mall in 2007
Pitt Street Mall in 2007 (to the left is Imperial Arcade and Sydney Central Plaza and to the right is Westfield Centrepoint)

Westfield Sydney is a shopping centre operated by Scentre Group and located beneath the Sydney Tower in the Sydney central business district. It is located on Pitt Street Mall and is adjacent to the Mid City Centre, The Strand Arcade and Stockland Glasshouse.[3] It is the largest shopping centre by area in Sydney.


The site of the A$860 million Westfield Sydney redevelopment was once occupied by the Centrepoint Shopping Centre (later Westfield Centrepoint), Sydney Central Plaza and the smaller Skygarden and Imperial Arcade.

Centrepoint Shopping Centre opened in 1972 with 52 stores, many of which are still trading today. The centre was refurbished in 1984 and further upgraded in 1996 and 2000. Centrepoint purchased by The Westfield Group in December 2001 and was later renamed Westfield Centrepoint and housed over 140 stores.[4]

Sydney Central Plaza featured the Myer Department Store and featured over 50 stores, it was later purchased by the Westfield Group in 2003.

Imperial Arcade opened in 1891 and was designed by prominent Sydney architect Thomas Rowe.[5]

The Westfield Centrepoint provided bridge connections to two of Australia's major department stores, Myer and David Jones. There was also a connection to Imperial Arcade which featured the Sydney central business district's Angus & Robertson bookstore.

2010 - 2012 redevelopment[edit]

Main escalators
Level 5 Food Court

Westfield has invested approximately $930 million in redeveloping Westfield Centrepoint, Sydney Central Plaza, Skygarden and Imperial Arcade.

The four shopping centres including Westfield Centrepoint, Sydney Central Plaza, Skygarden and Imperial Arcade merged and was redeveloped and became Westfield Sydney.

Stage 1 of the development opened in October 2010 with approximately 130 specialty stores.[citation needed] The new centre fronts three streets, including the Pitt Street Mall, one of the world's most expensive shopping streets by rent;[6] Castlereagh Street, arguably Australia's most exclusive luxury shopping street; and Market Street.

Stage 2 opened a further 120 stores between November 2010 and late-2011. The opening of a 25-storey commercial tower at 85 Castlereagh Street marked the completion of the total project in early 2012.[7]

Anchor tenants[edit]

Westfield Sydney is home to numerous flagship stores and has over 350 stores.[8] Anchor tenants in the centre include



  1. ^ "Westfield Sydney". Scentre Group.
  2. ^ http://www.westfield.com.au/sydney/getting-here/travelling-by-car
  3. ^ "Westfield Sydney | Scentre Group". www.scentregroup.com. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  4. ^ "Sydney Architecture Images- Westfield Sydney". www.sydneyarchitecture.com. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  5. ^ "Sydney Architecture Images- Demolished- Imperial Arcade". www.sydneyarchitecture.com. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  6. ^ "Dublin's Grafton Street is the sixth most expensive street in the world". Finfacts Ireland.
  7. ^ "Pitt Street Mall opens today with Westfield Sydney Stage 1 launch". International Business Times AU. 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  8. ^ "Westfield Sydney | Scentre Group". www.scentregroup.com. Retrieved 2016-12-07.

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