Gold Coast shopping centre will have "five-star holiday resort ambience"

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Gold Coast shopping centre will have "five-star holiday resort ambience"

Shoppers will get a luxury upgrade "like no other shopping centre in Australia” at Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast.

Sydney has its seven-story Westfield, home of edible designer fashion, and now the Gold Coast has a new luxury shopping destination being planned.

Pacific Fair will be turned into a multi-million dollar luxury shopping destination with an "indoor/outdoor leisure and entertainment precinct" and plans for at least 400 speciality stores (an artist's image of what the new centre might look like is at the top of this article).

And those behind the redevelopment certainly aren't pulling any punches.

“The new centre will be a Gold Coast must-visit, with a five-star holiday resort ambience and a unique indoor/outdoor environment reflecting the Queensland lifestyle," predicted AMP Capital Shopping Centres Managing Director Bryan Hynes in a statement last month.

“The centre will have that wow factor, and you’ll get a real sense of luxury like no other shopping centre in Australia.”

The centre will include (information from AMP Capital):

  • two full line department stores
  • two supermarkets
  • three discount department stores,
  • luxury and high street fashion
  • unrivalled dining and bar experience

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2016, ahead of the Commonwealth Games being held one the Gold Coast.

An AMP Capital statement predicts 1,500 construction jobs and 950 permanent retail jobs will result.

Sydney's Macquarie Centre to get upgrade

An artist's image of what part of the Macquarie Cente might look like after the redevelopment.

Meanwhile, Sydney's Macquarie Centre is also getting an overhaul, with $390 million being spent to turn the facility into the second largest shopping centre in Sydney.

According to this article by the Northern District Times, Macquarie will get:

  • David Jones department store
  • two-level fashion gallery
  • two supermarkets
  • fresh food marketplace
  • dining precinct
  • 1500 new car spaces
  • 133 new shops

 

In total, AMP Capital predicts the redevelopments, including an upgrade to the Garden City Booragoon shopping centre in Perth, will result in 3,450 construction jobs and 3,000 "new permanent retail jobs".
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