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, 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, Sydney Central Plaza and the smaller Skygarden and Imperial Arcade. Centrepoint Shopping Centre opened in 1972 with 52 stores; the centre was refurbished in 1984 and further upgraded in 1996 and 2000. Centrepoint purchased by The Westfield Group in December 2001 and was renamed Westfield Centrepoint and housed over 140 stores. Sydney Central Plaza featured the Myer Department Store and featured over 50 stores, it was purchased by the Westfield Group in 2003. Imperial Arcade was designed by prominent Sydney architect Thomas Rowe; the Westfield Centrepoint provided bridge connections to two of Australia's major department stores and David Jones.
There was a connection to Imperial Arcade which featured the Sydney central business district's Angus & Robertson bookstore. Westfield has invested $930 million in redeveloping Westfield Centrepoint, Sydney Central Plaza and Imperial Arcade; the four shopping centres including Westfield Centrepoint, Sydney Central Plaza and Imperial Arcade merged and was redeveloped and became Westfield Sydney. Stage 1 of the development opened in October 2010 with 130 specialty stores; the new centre fronts three streets, including the Pitt Street Mall, one of the world's most expensive shopping streets by rent. 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. Westfield Sydney has over 350 stores. Anchor tenants in the centre include Sydney Tower Myer Zara JB Hi-Fi Microsoft Store Official website
Woolworths Group (Australia)
Woolworths Group Limited is a major Australian company with extensive retail interest throughout Australia and New Zealand. It is the second largest company in Australia by revenue, after Perth-based retail-focused conglomerate Wesfarmers, the second largest in New Zealand. In addition, Woolworths Group is the largest takeaway liquor retailer in Australia, the largest hotel and gaming poker machine operator in Australia, was the 19th largest retailer in the world in 2008. Despite similar names, Woolworths Group has no affiliation with the F. W. Woolworth Company in the United States, the now-defunct Woolworths Group in the UK or the South African chain of retail stores, Woolworths Holdings Limited, its main operations include supermarkets, liquor retailing and pubs under the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group umbrella, discount department stores under the Big W name in Australia. The company announced a loss of $1.235 billion for the 2016 financial year on 25 August 2016, the biggest in more than 20 years since it has been publicly listed on the ASX due to more than $2 billion in write-downs of the failed Masters business and losses in the Big W business.
Woolworths opened its first store, the Woolworths Stupendous Bargain Basement, in the old Imperial Arcade Pitt Street, where Westfield Sydney now stands, on 5 December 1924. Its nominal capital was just £185,000 and although 85,000 shares were offered to the public, only 81,707 shares were subscribed for by 619 people, including the five founders – Percy Christmas, Stanley Chatterton, Cecil Scott Waine, George Creed and Ernest Williams. One of the foundation investors was Preston Lanchester Gowing, the chairman of Gowings; the name on the draft prospectus drawn up by Cecil Scott Waine was "Wallworths Bazaar" – a play on the F. W. Woolworth name. Moreover, according to Ernest Robert Williams, Percy Christmas dared him to register the name Woolworths instead, which he succeeded in doing after finding out the name was available for use in New South Wales. Accordingly, Woolworths Ltd in Australia has no connection with the F. W. Woolworth Company in the United States, nor the Woolworths Group of UK.
It has no connection to the Woolworths Group in South Africa. The new Woolworths store was innovative. Christmas set up a New Zealand general merchandise operation in Wellington in 1929. Woolworths New Zealand opened its first food store in Auckland in 1956, supermarkets in 1971. Woolworths New Zealand was sold to the company, now Lion Nathan in 1979 sold to Dairy Farm International in 1990, now owned by Progressive Enterprises, a subsidiary of Foodland Associated Limited of Australia. In 2005 Woolworths Limited and Metcash Holdings agreed to purchase a demerged Foodland, Progressive Enterprises and 23 of Foodland's Action supermarkets came under Woolworths' ownership; this acquisition brought total store numbers in Australia to near 750. During the late 1920s, the company grew, with a second store in Sydney and stores in Brisbane and Perth, it grew further despite the depression, until by the end of 1933 it had 23 stores. In 1933 the first store in Melbourne was opened. On 1 April 1936 the company bought eight stores from Edments Ltd and opened its first store in Adelaide.
The original Imperial Arcade store was moved to larger premises in Her Majesty's Arcade, a short distance along Pitt Street near the Market Street corner. World War II slowed the growth of Woolworths and the Australian and United States military used Woolworths' warehouses in Sydney for storage. After the war expansion was rapid and in 1955 Woolworths opened its 200th store, in the Civic Centre in Canberra. At this point Woolworths was still a variety chain and had not moved into the food sector that uses the "Woolworths" brand today; this move began in 1955. The company bought the Rockmans chain of women's clothing stores in 1960. In the 1970s, the company started to open Big W discount department stores and the slow removal of many variety products from the supermarket and variety stores began; this process finished in 1989 when the last of the Woolworths Variety stores was closed and the "Family Centres" were split into separate Big W and Woolworths supermarket stores. Woolworths acquired the Dick Smith Electronics consumer electronics chain in 1981 and expanded the consumer electronics arm of its business with the purchase of the Tandy chain in Australia from InterTan Inc in 2001.
The company sold the Rockmans chain in 2000, the Dick Smith Electronics chain in 2012. In 1985, the acquisition of the 126 Safeway stores in eastern Australia made Woolworths the largest food retailer in Australia. Safeway stores were in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and included Food Barns in Queensland and northern New South Wales; the stores were acquired following an agreement whereby Safeway acquired a 19.99% interest in Woolworths Limited. Woolworths and Safeway supermarkets in Victoria traded under the Safeway brand, Safeway's Food Barns in Queensland and New South Wales became part of Woolworths. Around this time, the supermarket chain had run eight small supermarket chains including the Queensland-based Food For Less and the Sydney-based Flemings, both of which survive. In 1989, the company was acquired by Industrial Equity Limited, in turn one-third owned by The Adelaide Steamship Company, David Jones Limited and Tooth & Co, it was a wholly own
Westfield Southland is a super regional shopping centre in the suburb of Cheltenham in Melbourne. Southland has a floor area of 129,180m², making it one of the biggest shopping centres in Australia by size. There are 400 retailers in Southland, including Myer, David Jones and Harris Scarfe. According to the Melbourne 2030 Metropolitan Strategy, Southland is recognised as one of 26 Principal Activity Centres; the centre is one of the most profitable shopping centres in Australia, with an annual turnover of $857.9-million recorded in 2016. Southland shopping centre was designed by Melbourne architects Tomkins, Shaw & Evans, who had designed Westfield Miranda in 1964. At the time of its opening in September 1968, Southland was one of Melbourne's premier shopping centres, it was a small shopping centre with only a few stores such as a Myer department store, Safeway supermarket, a special roof garden. Architects Tomkins, Shaw & Evans received the Victoria Award in 1969 for their design of Southland, beating the National Gallery of Victoria for the award.
This was during a period when shopping centres were recognised "for the quality of their design or amenity". Prior to the mid–1980s Southland was owned by the Myer Emporium, the centre would not rival the nearby Chadstone Shopping Centre in size, until the Westfield Group took over management. During Southland's history, many renovations and face-lifts have shaped the centre, such as the first expansion in 1987 and the development of a Village Cinemas complex and food court in 1990; the rooftop garden was removed upon first redevelopment and was replaced with a third level of stores. Prior to the extension, the 70,000m² Southland shopping centre had limited development options. In June 1991, Westfield developers began discussions with the City of Moorabbin about the rezoning of the 60,000 m² Cheltenham market area in order for them to construct a multimillion-dollar extension of Southland as part of a major redevelopment; the original plan was to have replaced the market with a 10-storey office tower and a two-level shopping centre, with a retail bridge connecting the new centre with the existing Westfield Centre over the eight-lane Nepean Highway.
The new centre would feature a discount supermarket and a regular supermarket as well as new speciality stores. All up, the whole centre would comprise up to 360 stores. In June 1993, planning approval was given by the Minister for Planning Rob Maclellan. In December 1996, plans were changed in favour of better car park arrangements as well as easier access to the centre; the centre would soon feature more than 400 stores across three levels. In November 1997, demolition commenced at the Cheltenham market site. In March 1998, the first concrete was poured by the Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett; the two sites were to be linked by a bridge with shops on it. The former cinemas and food court were demolished, the wide, multi-level retail-pedestrian-vehicle bridge was added. During this time, the Myer anchor moved from the original site to the newer site. Construction was not just limited to the new site with the original site being upgraded to include a new larger cinema complex, in the youth-oriented mall called The Street.
The redevelopment was opened in stages, with The Street opening in April 1999. The main part of the redevelopment, the additional site and bridge were opened on 28 October 1999; the $300 million redevelopment was completed on 5 May 2000, with the opening of the David Jones Department store. Subsequently, another $13 million was used for additional work, which included construction of shaded car park areas, two new car park ramps as well as a large glass window attached to the second level of the retail bridge, which has views 16 kilometres in the distance of the Melbourne CBD. From 2002, the Victorian State Government has designated Southland as one of 26 Principal Activity Centres in the city, as described in the Melbourne 2030 Metropolitan Strategy. A focal point of the activity centre has been public transport. In 2013, Public Transport Victoria released its 20-year Network Development Plan. In 2015, the Victorian Government committed to building a railway station at Southland to serve the busy shopping centre.
Construction on Southland railway station commenced in 2016 and it was completed and opened in November 2017. Westfield Southland features up to 400 stores including 2 department stores, 4 discount department stores, 3 supermarkets, 3 electrical retailers and a 16 screen Village Cinemas Multiplex; the centre recorded an annual turnover of $857.9-million in 2016, according to Scentre Group. A large number of scenes for the Seven Network comedy Kath & Kim were filmed at Southland. In the programme the centre is designated as Fountain Gate, where some of the shopping scenes are filmed; the centre is featured in multiple episodes of the ABC2 television drama-comedy series Please Like Me. List of shopping centres in Australia Official website
Australia Fair Shopping Centre
Australia Fair Shopping Centre is a dual-level regional shopping centre covering 59,540 square metres located in Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland. The centre incorporates a five-level office tower comprising 5,824 square metres of office space, housing specialist services and commercial offices. 1983 Australia Fair West known as Scarborough Fair, was built and anchored by Franklins. It was constructed on the former site of administrative and bottling buildings for the South Coast Co-Operative Dairy Association, designed by architects T. R. Hall and L. B. Phillips in 1936 on the corner of Scarborough and Young Streets; the dairy buildings were demolished in 1972. Australia Fair West contained Franklins, Treasureway and 40 specialty shops with off-road parking.1984: Scarborough Fair was built incorporating a Coles Supermarket and Kmart Store. 1989 Scarborough Fair Shopping Centre extended through to Nerang Street Mall. Work on Australia Fair Shopping Centre was based around the old Scarborough Fair Retail Centre and retail anchors Kmart, Coles and Franklins.1990: Australia Fair opened on 10 April 1990 a project which took more than a year and $300 million to complete.
At completion, Australia Fair Shopping Centre had the largest concentration of specialty stores and was the only shopping centre in the Gold Coast let alone nation with three supermarket chains at the time: Woolworths and Franklins. 1991: The 52,000 square metre shopping development is the first of its kind in Australia and one of the largest in Queensland. 1993: An extension introduced the centre to a six-cinema complex and created a Leisure Court Retail precinct. 1995 The Fashion Boulevard, Broadwater Food Court and Fresh Food Marketplace were refurbished and renamed to establish these precincts. The owner acquired the ex-State School site next to Australia Fair West for expansion purposes.1997–1998: Extensions were completed, cinemas expanded from 6 to 10 and reconfiguration of the Cinema Leisure Court Retail/Entertainment precinct. 1998–1999 Colonial First State bought into the joint-venture ownership of Australia Fair with MEPC. The sale deal included the former state school redevelopment site in Garden Street.'Australia Fair set for $16m upgrade'...
Owners upgrade. A major part of the refurb is the upgrade of the Fig Tree Food Court, remodeling of tenancies, additional weatherproof structure and replacement of an escalator.2001: Gordon Fu purchases Australia Fair from Colonial First State. 2002–2004 $2.7 million spent on an upgrade to flooring, directional signage and Amenities/facilities upgrade which enhances the centre's appearance and image for Southport. The centre has undercover and rooftop parking for 2500 cars, located off Marine Parade. Southport G:link station is located on the corner of Nerang Street and Scarborough Street and provides Tram connections to the Gold Coast University Hospital and south towards Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Southport Bus Station, one of the main bus stations in the city provides regular and high frequency services to Helensvale Station, SeaWorld/ Main Beach and Biggera Waters. Australia Fair Shopping Centre - Website
Westfield Bondi Junction
Westfield Bondi Junction is a large, upmarket shopping centre located in the suburb of Bondi Junction in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Westfield Bondi Junction is built on land, occupied by three separate retail establishments; the oldest of these was a Grace Bros. store, opened in 1933 and continued to be occupied until the redevelopment. The land was occupied by the Carousel Centre which had opened in the 1970s and Bondi Junction Plaza in 1976. In 1994 Westfield bought a controlling stake in Bondi Junction Plaza from AMP and renamed it Westfield Bondi Junction Plaza. In 2000, Westfield purchased the remaining stake in Bondi Junction Plaza; the redevelopment took six years for approval to be gained due to the site being located on the border of Waverley and Woollahra local government areas. In 1997 the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, Craig Knowles, approved the initial concept for a redeveloped shopping centre. Following the purchase of the Carousel Centre in 2000, a new expanded scheme was submitted for approval.
In 2001 the New South Wales Minister for Planning, Frank Sartor approved the development despite the two councils' objections. The scale of the development was the main reason for the delayed approval process; this included four levels of parking and two levels of shops underground reaching 25 metres below as well as three levels of shops and four levels of parking above ground. In addition a 70-metre tunnel and a 12 metre wide double storey pedestrian bridge above ground; the redevelopment incorporates 458 retailers and was completed in August 2004. As of July 2014, this shopping centre is now under Scentre Group management. Westfield Bondi Junction has been blamed for the downturn in trade in surrounding shopping hubs; the nearby Oxford Street, in Paddington is one example. Retail trade in that location dropped 30% in the four months after the opening of the shopping centre with other locations in Double Bay and Woollahra experiencing similar downturn in trade. In August 2016, Swedish retailer H&M opened its store at the centre.
The store opened on the former terrace food court. The centre has 3,304 parking spaces, it is served by State Transit bus trains from Bondi Junction railway station. Westfield Bondi Junction is a six-level complex and is notable for its modern structure and retail mix, it has nine anchor tenants and mini-majors and one cinema including: Anchor tenants Mini majors JB Hi-Fi Rebel SportCinemas Event Cinemas Westfield Bondi Junction
Westfield Woden is a shopping centre located in the Woden Town Centre in the suburb of Phillip of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Constructed in stages during the 1970s, it underwent a major redevelopment in the late 1990s, adding on a new wing to the building called "The Fresh Food Market" as well as a new Hoyts 8-screen cinema complex, refurbishment of older sections; the Westfield Group purchased a 50% stake in the complex during 2005, with the remaining 50% still belonging to General Property Trust. As of July 2014, this shopping centre is now under Scentre Group management. Westfield Woden
Helensvale railway station
Helensvale railway station is a major public transport interchange in Gold Coast suburb of Helensvale. Helensvale railway station is served by the Queensland Rail Citytrain network Gold Coast line, G:link light rail and Surfside Buslines bus services. Helensvale station opened on 25 February 1996 as the terminus of the Gold Coast line from Beenleigh; the line was extended to Nerang on 16 December 1997. When opened, Helensvale station was served by a CountryLink road coach service from Murwillumbah, this was diverted when the line was extended south. A track duplication to the north of the station, linking with Coomera, was completed in October 2017; the new track provides additional capacity in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The duplication required the construction of eight new rail bridges, including one with a span of 860 metres across the Coomera River, Hope Island Road and Saltwater Creek. On 18 December 2017, Helensvale became the northern terminus of the G:link light rail line with an additional two platforms opening.
Helensvale is served by Gold Coast line services from Varsity Lakes to Bowen Hills and Brisbane Airport Domestic. Surfside Buslines operate ten routes from Helensvale station: 704: to Sea World via Southport and Main Beach 710: to Griffith University via Parkwood 714: to Griffith University via Pacific Pines 715: to Southport via Arundel 716: to Studio Village 717: to Pacific Pines 718: to Santa Barbara< TX7: to Coomera station via Dreamworld, Movie World & Wet n Wild 723: to Coomera station via Oxenford 725: to Coomera station via Upper Coomera Media related to Helensvale railway station at Wikimedia Commons Helensvale station Queensland Rail Helensvale station Queensland's Railways on the Internet