26/06/2014 - 10:07

Zara to open at Booragoon in August

26/06/2014 - 10:07

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International fashion giant Zara is set to open its first store in Western Australia at Garden City Booragoon in August, ahead of its Murray Street mall outlet opening early next year.

Garden City owner, AMP Capital Shopping Centres, announced that the Garden City shop would be the brand’s 10th Australian store.

Zara will trade over two levels at Garden City, in its central fashion mall. The store will be the largest fashion tenancy at the shopping centre.

Zara has more than 2,000 stores worldwide, and is also in the midst of construction in the Murray Street Mall, next door to its fierce fashion rival TopShop, which is also currently being built.

Perth-based construction company DeFranchesch Builders has completed the store’s outer structure, with fit-out works expected to begin in coming weeks.

However, it is understood the Murray Street store is not expected to be open in time for Christmas trading, and will open early in the new year.

AMP Capital Shopping Centres managing director Bryan Hynes said he was delighted that Zara had chosen to open at Garden City.

“Demand from international retailers shows a strong belief in the booming Perth market and Garden City as a good investment option for their popular stores," he said.

AMP Capital is planning to expand Garden City by 48,000 metres, with the proposal already having been endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission.

The redevelopment is expected to cost around $750 million.

“AMP Capital’s redevelopments will see some of Australia’s most iconic centres like Garden City transformed into fashion, leisure and lifestyle hubs,” Mr Hynes said.

“We’re reshaping the future of shopping centres with $2.8 billion in redevelopments planned across Australia and New Zealand, providing engaging and inspiring retail environments.” 

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