Westfield Southland opens new Myer retail bridge

28 October 1999

Countries: Australia

The owners of Westfield Shoppingtown Southland, Westfield Trustand AMP, will open a major section of the two level retail bridgewhich spans the Nepean Highway at Cheltenham in Melbournetoday.

Melbourne’s newest Myer department store, on the bayside of thebridge, and an 850 seat food court will also open this week.

This stage of the bridge includes 96 new retail stores includinga major fashion precinct, a comprehensive homewares area and a widerange of general retailers. On completion, the bridge willintegrate both sides of the new Westfield Shoppingtown Southlandwhich, by mid 2000, will have become Australia’s largest shoppingcentre.

Westfield Managing Director Steven Lowy said the retail bridgeover the Nepean Highway had become a new landmark for south easternMelbourne – but shoppers inside the new two level Galleria wouldnot realise they were crossing eight lanes of a major highwaycarrying 80,000 cars a day.

“When the full project is completed, the retail will flowcontinuously through from the original centre on the eastern sideof the highway to the new Myer, Coles and Kmart precinct on thewest,” Mr Lowy said. “It will be one exciting retail space withmany new and original store concepts opening at Southland for thefirst time.

“In a few weeks, vehicles will also be able to drive across thebridge to access car parks on either side for addedconvenience.

“The first stage of the Southland redevelopment, which opened inApril this year, was The Street – a new concept retail,leisure and entertainment area including cinemas, restaurants, barsand lifestyle retailers. Although the shopping centre is stillunder redevelopment, The Street has been a great successsince opening.

“The Village 16 screen cinema complex is already in the top fivegrossing complexes in the country and The Street is attracting anew clientele for Southland which is providing benefits throughoutthe whole centre.”

On completion, the $300 million expansion of Southland will takethe centre to 131,000 square metres including 11 major retailers:Myer, David Jones, Target and Target Home, BigW, Safeway, HarrisScarfe, Franklins Fresh, Coles, Kmart, Village cinemas and BillyGuyatts, plus 350 specialty stores and parking for 5,700 cars.

The new Coles supermarket, which opened in September, hasquickly become one of Coles’ top trading supermarkets in thecountry and is open 24-hours a day – along with the successful newKmart store which opened in August.

“The success of the early stages of this project auger well forthe completed project which we expect to become one of the topperforming shopping centres in the country,” Mr Lowy said.

The Southland project has provided jobs for 4,440 people todate, both on site and in new retail positions throughout theshopping centre and entertainment precinct.