Westfield Albany is a shopping centre in the Auckland suburb of Albany, New Zealand, opposite the Albany Lakes Civic Park. It is majority owned by Scentre Group with the remainder owned by the Singapore Government's GIC Private Limited; until 2014 it was wholly owned by Scentre Group, part of Westfield Group. Once the last sections opened in April 2008, at 7 ha of indoor space, costing around NZ$210 million to construct. Westfield Albany provides over 2,000 carparks for around 150 specialty stores, as well as a large-format 2 floor 10,000 m² Farmers, a Kmart and a New World, it contains an Event Cinemas multiplex cinema and a 560-seat food court which includes major fastfood franchises. The centre was Westfield's first new mall since entering the New Zealand market in the mid-90s; when first mooted in 2003, it was conceived as a much smaller centre, with only 20,000 m² planned for and a comparatively small expansion of 15,000 m² mooted for a decade later. Westfield is planning a large further expansion of the centre.
Some experts see demand for about twice the size of the current centre in retail and associated office space in the wider Albany area. However, Westfield itself has in the past put in submissions against a District Plan plan change in the area, contending that it allowed for "excessive retail provision in the Albany area"; the challenge was rejected by the Environment Court. The concept of the Albany mall is considered a new approach by Westfield, accused of disregarding the outside effects of its malls, of maximising commercial opportunities at the cost of the surrounding communities. Spurred by criticism as well as Council plans to develop a'town centre' instead of providing retail areas, Westfield changed its standard greenfields-type plans for the new site, developed a more open centre with'main street' elements and some public areas; the change is considered a significant step away from the inward-looking shopping centres built in New Zealand in the 1990s, North Shore Council hoped that the centre would integrate with future growth in Albany rather than be a shopping destination alone.
Westfield Albany Stage One opened on 30 August 2007, with 65 shops trading. The rest of the shops opened on 1 November 2007 after a main opening ceremony attended by Prime Minister Helen Clark and Westfield Group Managing Director Steven Lowy, while the 10-screen cinemas' opening was delayed to April 2008. In July 2008, the cinemas of the centre were closed preventively by Skycity cinemas due to weathertightness reasons. Problems with the roof had caused a single cinema to be shut a month earlier; the cinemas were reopened about a week later. In May 2011, the mall was closed for inspection after sustaining damage when a tornado caused widespread damage and one fatality on Auckland's North Shore. Annual sales for the full year 2018 were $422.8 million. In 2008, the centre received the highest award of the New Zealand Property Council, with the judges calling the centre being one of "a new generation of its type" and having a good mix of leisure and entertainment with an emphasis on public spaces, "designed to provide a focal point for the whole Albany community and beyond".
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Westfield Newmarket is a medium-sized shopping centre in Auckland, New Zealand, closed for a major redevelopment and extension. It is located in the suburb of Newmarket. Before closure, it featured a nearby Farmers and about 60 speciality stores. In 2005, it had retail sales of NZ$120 million, it contained the New Zealand head offices of the Westfield Group. Another Westfield-owned shopping development, Nuffield Street, is nearby. In a 2008 rating of New Zealand shopping centres by a retail expert group, Westfield Newmarket received three out of four stars, based on the criteria of amount of shopping area, economic performance and appeal as well as future growth prospects. Praised were its positions as one of the best-performing centres in the country, though the reviewers noted that parking could be "a nightmare". In February 2018, the shopping centre closed for a major extension project, with a reopening in 2019. In 2009, it became public that Westfield intended to construct a $250 million new shopping centre just south of Mortimer Pass.
This centre will be linked to the existing 277 Broadway mall site by a two-level airbridge over Mortimer Pass. The extension will double the size of the centre; the 200 shop expansion at 309 Broadway has been planned for some time, a general expansion of the 277 Broadway site had been prepared for before Westfield acquired the centre from Auckland One, who demolished a 1980s office tower building to make way for the expansion. The work was however delayed because of reluctance by the Village SKYCITY Cinemas chain to move into the new centre from its existing location further north; the redeveloped and refurbished $790 million mall will contain 2800 carparks. It will open in phases and the first stage will open between July and September 2019. List of shopping centres in New Zealand Westfield Newmarket homepage
Westfield St Lukes
Westfield St Lukes, one of the big three shopping centres in the western suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand, stands on St Lukes Road in the suburb of Mount Albert. It receives about 6 million shopper visits annually. With 43,000 m² gross floor area, it features a Farmers, Countdown, an Event Cinemas 8 screen cinema complex and over 160 shops; the centre is one of the oldest in New Zealand. About 100,000 people visited it on opening day. To change this, Westfield invested around NZ$55 million in the early 2000s to extend and renovate the centre. In a 2008 rating of New Zealand shopping centres by a retail expert group, Westfield St Lukes received three and a half stars, just under the maximum rating of four stars, based on the criteria of amount of shopping area, economic performance and appeal as well as future growth prospects. Annual sales for the full year 2018 were $363.1 million. In 2009, Westfield applied for a change to the District Plan which would allow the shopping centre to be extended to 92,500m2, with up to 77,500m2 of shops and cafes as well as 15,000m2 of office space and up to six storeys of building – which would make the centre larger than any other shopping centre in New Zealand.
Westfield own much of the properties in the north of the site, where it wants to expand, but some neighbours and groups have announced they will fight the mall expansion because of the extra traffic effects. List of shopping centres in New Zealand Westfield St Lukes
Sylvia Park is a large business park and shopping centre in the Auckland suburb of Mount Wellington in New Zealand. Less known, the area around the centre is called Sylvia Park; the area is located adjacent to two major interchanges of the Auckland Southern Motorway – the South Eastern Highway and Mount Wellington Highway. Land and store space in the Sylvia Park development is let out to a wide variety of major retailers, one cinema complex and two supermarkets. In addition, the centre has franchises of all major New Zealand banks and a wide variety of other retailers; the centre employs 2,500 staff of which only four are security guards and was drawing about 12,000 shoppers at a time during the weekends of the 2007 winter months. In a rating of New Zealand shopping centres by a retail expert group in 2008, Sylvia Park received four stars, the maximum rating, based on the criteria of amount of shopping area, economic performance and appeal as well as future growth prospects. Praised were the wide catchment of shoppers and the motorway accessibility.
The name Sylvia Park is from the large country house/stud farm built there in the late 19th century. It was the country residence of one of the first Speakers of the House. Sir Maurice used the land for horse breeding; the house was demolished in the 1960s. From 1943 until 1992, Sylvia Park was the site of an extensive Army supply stores complex built by the American Forces during WWII. After the war these buildings were used by the NZ Defense Forces and a mix of industrial users; the buildings, which became empty, were demolished for the shopping mall. Carbine Road is named after the racehorse Carbine, foaled at Sylvia Park Stud; the development is owned by a subsidiary of Kiwi Property Group. The development is situated on 24 hectares of land, a large part of, still to be developed as of the late 2000s. Kiwi Property acquired the land in two transactions in 1995. However, the land was at that stage zoned for industrial use by the Auckland City Council; the developers asked the council to modify the District Plan to allow high-density commercial use, a change which the council supported, drafted into "Plan Change 4".
However, the plan change was opposed by the Ngati Maru Iwi authority, which represents Māori interests in the area. A December 2001 decision of the Environment Court of New Zealand confirmed the plan change. Demolition and construction began in 2004, with retail construction beginning in 2005. Stage One of the development opened to the public on 6 June 2006; the opening received nationwide television and radio coverage the day before, as the development is one of the largest in New Zealand. This resulted in a high shopper turnout on the opening day, despite planning by SPBCL, caused severe gridlock on the notoriously busy Auckland Southern Motorway as well as major arterial routes in the vicinity of the centre, including the South-Eastern and Mount Wellington Highways. Transit New Zealand and SPBCL took the unusual step of recommending people postpone trips to the mall; as part of the conditions of being granted planning permission SPBCL was required to manage traffic flows to the site, had the traffic jams continued would have faced an accelerated timetable for upgrading key roads.
The congestion did force SPBCL to implement a traffic monitoring programme ahead of schedule. Stage Two of the development opened in August 2006 and expanded the fashion and food retailers of the centre. In contrast to the initial interest, weekday retail sales were soon considered to be flagging, with the centre being nicknamed'Spooky Park' by some; the owners noted that this did not extend to weekend sales, that the centre had in the meantime gained during the weekdays as well. The centre is today one of New Zealand's busiest malls, attracting over 12 million customers per year. Kiwi Property is investigating plans to undertake a $150 million expansion of the centre. Stage Three was opened 29 March 2007, included a cinema, Borders bookstore, 45 new stores and restaurants, 26 stores which were either new to New Zealand or did not yet have stores in shopping centres. Stage Four opened in June 2007, finished the retail area of the centre, which now has 200 shops covering 6.5 ha of indoors space and is valued at NZ$450 million.
The opening of the relocated Sylvia Park railway station in July 2007, directly adjacent to the eastern side of the shopping centre, as required by the resource consent of the centre, links Sylvia Park to the Auckland rail network via the Eastern Line. As of May 2017, trains arrive at Sylvia Park at least every 20 minutes on weekdays from each direction; the opening of Stage Five was planned for 2008 and to add NZ$200 million of office space in four separate buildings. Kiwi Income noted that it had always planned to develop offices around the perimeter of the centre, but had delayed this until the retail was starting to take off. Kiwi Property have begun the $280 million expansion, which sees the construction of a nine floor office block and 20,000 square meters of addition retail space. List of shopping centres in New Zealand Official centre website
Centre Place Shopping Centre is a shopping mall in Hamilton, New Zealand. It is located in the suburb of Hamilton Central. Centre Place is one of the city's three major malls along with Te Awa at The Base and Westfield Chartwell. In October 2013, an extension of Centre Place replaced the former Downtown Plaza. With the expansion, the centre has a total retail floor space of 26,000 m2, with an anchor tenant of Farmers. Official website
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In retail, an "anchor tenant", sometimes called an "anchor store", "draw tenant", or "key tenant", is a larger tenant in a shopping mall a department store or retail chain. With their broad appeal, they are intended to attract a significant cross-section of the shopping public to the center, they are offered steep discounts on rent in exchange for signing long-term leases in order to provide steady cash flows for the mall owners. When the planned shopping centre format was developed by Victor Gruen in the early to mid-1950s, signing larger department stores was necessary for the financial stability of the projects, to draw retail traffic that would result in visits to the smaller shops in the centre as well. Anchors have their rents discounted, may receive cash inducements from the centre to remain open. Early on, grocery stores were a common type of anchor store. However, research on consumer behavior revealed that most trips to the grocery store did not result in visits to surrounding shops.
Large supermarkets remain common anchor stores within power centers however. As of 2005, the declining popularity of old-line department stores makes it necessary for mall management companies to consider re-anchoring with other retail alternatives, or mix commercial development with residential development to guarantee a captive clientele; the challenges faced by the traditional large department stores have led to a resurgence in the use of supermarkets and gyms as anchors. The International Council of Shopping Centers makes the presence of anchors one of the main defining characteristics of the two largest categories of centres, the regional center with 400,000 to 800,000 square feet in gross leasable area, the superregional center with more than 800,000 square feet of space; the regional center has two or more anchors, while the superregional has three or more. In each case, the anchors account for 50–70% of the centre's leasable space. Shopping centres with anchor stores have outperformed those without one, as the anchor helps draw shoppers attracted to the anchor to shop at other shops in the mall.
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