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07-November-2002

Westfield on the move at Tuggerah, EastGardens

Westfield has lodged two development applications with Wyong Council, NSW Central Coast, for a $60 million project which will include a new level One extension and the expansion of the existing Greater Union cinema complex and Big W discount department store at Westfield Tuggerah.

These proposed changes complement the current development application with council for an outdoor restaurant and entertainment precinct which incorporates a tavern, two café restaurants and four leisure retail stores surrounding an outdoor area with water features, dining facilities and an amphitheatre.

The first development application outlines the expansion of level One by 10,756 square metres incorporating a new mall entry for the existing second level of David Jones, three new major retail stores of 6,000 square metres and 40 specialty stores of about 4,790 square metres.

The second development application outlines the addition of four new screens adding 1300 new seats to the Greater Union cinema complex. Greater Union recently obtained approval to refurbish their existing eight cinemas and convert them to the latest stadium-style cinemas.

The development application also includes an expansion and refurbishment of the existing Big W store to the largest and latest design.

The rooftop carpark is to be extended to provide convenient on-grade access from Tonkiss Street and a vehicular access to link the remainder of the roof top car park, increasing the parking capacity to 3,345 spaces.

The development applications before Council are expected to provide 600 jobs during the construction phase and 800 ongoing jobs in the Wyong Shire on completion.

Opened seven years ago, Westfield Tuggerah features major retailers David Jones, Big W, Target, Coles, Woolworths and Greater Union, 159 specialty stores and free parking for about 3,200 cars.

Meanwhile, at Westfield Eastgardens, Sydney, a third level of retail opened this week, tenants including a new Big W discount department store, Woolworths supermarket, Rebel and 65 specialty stores.

The redevelopment of the centre, owned by the Terrace Tower group, began late last year, and involved the entire refurbishment of the existing centre mall areas, food court, fresh food market, amenities and internal signage to match the style of the new third level.

New specialty stores include homeware retailers Bay Swiss and Adairs, an expanded Surf Dive ‘n Ski store and new mix of entertainment and lifestyle stores including Electronics Boutique, Australian Geographic the ABC Shop together with a children’s retailer precinct incorporating Pumpkin Patch, Shoes n Sox and an Early Learning Centre.

The Fresh Food Market on level One outside Coles supermarket has been refurbished and Coles and Target have also undergone a refurbishment.

The Hoyts cinema complex is being expanded to include two new mega-screen cinemas and is undergoing a refurbishment of the existing six cinemas which is expected to open next month.

The centre also now offers parking for 3,300 cars over 5 colour-coded easy-to-navigate levels with direct access into the centre.

According to Westfield Joint Chief Operating Officer Bob Jordan,

Westfield Eastgardens is also now the only shopping centre in NSW to house three discount department stores, Kmart, Target and Big W.

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