Carousel opening highlights Westfield spread

THE opening of the first stage of its $190 million expansion of the Carousel shopping centre in Cannington marks a further step in the growth plans of retail giant Westfield into Perth’s commercial and retail market.

Westfield managing director Steven Lowy said when complete, Westfield Carousel would be Perth’s most comprehensive and convenient shopping centre south of the river.

Built in 1972, Carousel was one of the first fully enclosed air-conditioned shopping centres in WA. The redevelopment updates and expands the centre to meet fast changing customer needs.

The first of a three-stage opening scheduled this year represents part of Westfield’s $300 million plan for WA in the retail property market.

Plans for further development at other centres include $80 million earmarked for the Westfield Innaloo complex and $10 million plus for Galleria, according to Westfield development executive Peter Miller.

He said further major redevelopment was planned for Carousel with details to follow in about two weeks time.

Mr Miller said this was expected to “enhance entertainment and lifestyle”.

The expansion of Westfield Carousel from 47,600 square metres to about 76,000 sqm of floor space will include a new entertainment and lifestyle retailing precinct with a 14-screen cinema complex and 200 specialty stores.

Incorporated in the redevelopment, funded by Westfield Trust, is refurbishment of the existing Target and Myer stores, a new Kmart, relocated and expanded Woolworths and Coles supermarkets and a new 850-seat food court.

A direct feeder lane from the north-bound side of Albany Highway to the rooftop will lead customers to more parking bays on an upper level, many of which will be undercover, increasing the total number of parking spaces to around 4,200.

The first stage incorporates the new Woolworths and 24 specialty shops. The second stage of additional supermarkets, department stores and about 100 specialty stores will be progressively opened as construction and refurbishment is completed.

Stage three will include the new food court, Rowe & Jarman, Best & Less and the new cinema complex.

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