Westfield Burwood reopens after $300M redevelopment

17 August 2000

Countries: Australia

Westfield Burwood, which was one of the first shopping centresin Australia when it started trading in 1966, re-opened forbusiness today following the successful completion of the centre’s$300 million redevelopment.

Burwood is the first Westfield shopping centre to be totallydemolished and rebuilt, an intensive 19-month project that hasemployed more than 2,500 people in the construction phase and willcreate approximately 1,500 retail jobs.

The new Westfield Burwood is twice the size of the originalcentre and occupies 62,000 square metres of retail space. Itfeatures:

  • five major stores – Grace Bros, Target, Kmart, Coles andWoolworths;
  • 220 specialty stores;
  • The Street entertainment and lifestyle precinct with a GreaterUnion 12 screen cinema complex (the cinemas will open in a fewmonths); and
  • 3,100 car parking spaces.

Grace Bros at Westfield Burwood is the only department storebetween the Sydney CBD and Parramatta.

Westfield Managing Director Steven Lowy said: “Burwood is one ofthe oldest shopping centres in the Westfield portfolio. We aredelighted that we took the hard decision to demolish the old centreand build a new centre that provides the Inner Western suburbs ofSydney with the latest retail and entertainment experiences.

“The original Burwood centre brought extra life to the area whenit started trading 34 years ago and the new Westfield Burwood willalso prove to be an excellent example of the way our shoppingcentres create valuable economic activity that boosts a localeconomy and benefits local communities.”

Coles Myer chief executive officer Dennis Eck said: “We arepleased to be a part of the new Westfield Burwood which is asignificant milestone for our company.

“As an original tenant of the centre more than 30 years ago, wehave been part of its growth and evolution. We now offer customersfour of our major retail brands to shop as part of our commitmentto the new centre and to the Inner West of Sydney.”

A number of specialty retailers from the original centre havere-opened in the new Westfield Burwood, including EpiphanyJewellers and Vince Scallone’s Barber shop. There are also about 50new retailers who have never previously leased space in a Westfieldshopping centre, including the first Guess Kids store anywhere inAustralia.

In addition, information technology and telecommunicationscompanies Apple Mac, RSL.com and f2 are opening their first everretail outlets at the new Westfield Burwood.

The Street entertainment and leisure precinct atWestfield Burwood will be a first for NSW. The Street concept hasbeen very successful at Westfield Southland in Melbourne andWestfield Carousel in Perth and its success at these centres hasled to the introduction of The Street at the latest Westfieldredevelopment projects ?? Burwood and Hornsby in Sydney,Fountain Gate in Melbourne and Chermside in Brisbane.

The new centre also features ‘Food on the Park’, an 800-seatfood court which extends to an outdoor dining balcony overlookingBurwood Park, and ‘The Market’ precinct, incorporating the best infresh food retailers.

Westfield Burwood first opened in October 1966 following a12-month construction period, at a cost of $8 million. The centrewas renovated twice – in 1972 and 1976.

The original 35,000 square metre shopping centre featured aFarmers department store, a Coles New World supermarket, a Winn’sdepartment store and approximately 60 specialty stores. The centrewas also Sydney’s first shopping centre to incorporate a Hoytsmovie theatre.

Westfield Burwood is the most recent project in WestfieldTrust’s ongoing redevelopment program, which ensures Westfieldshopping centres keep pace with the changing work, social andcultural patterns of the communities they serve. The next projectto be completed will be the $235 million redevelopment of WestfieldChermside in Brisbane, which is due to open next month.