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Expansion for Westfield Woden

By johnboy - 15 August 2013 27

The Australian has word of big changes in Woden:

Westfield Woden is one of the largest in Canberra. The 72,300sq m centre includes a David Jones department store, a Big W discount department store, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, a cinema complex and more than 200 specialty retailers.

The proposed improvements will include a new bus station connected with a larger Westfield centre. Works are expected to be completed by mid-2016.

At a forum last year, Westfield revealed a plan to buy about 7000sq m of land from the ACT government for the proposed expansion.

The move would add about 30,000sq m of retail space to the existing centre and includes a new Myer department store, a new discount department store, supermarket and fresh food stores, fashion stores and general retail.

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Expansion for Westfield Woden
thebrownstreak69 10:15 am 26 Nov 13

Thumper said :

Wonderful, one day all we will have left is malls. Huge, soul destroying concrete monoliths dedicated to mindless consumerism.

Have you ever seen the really big outlet malls scattered across the US? OK for a one off hit to fill your bags, but soulless and boring beyond belief for normal shopping.

Growling Ferret 9:16 am 26 Nov 13

c_c™ said :

The latest update from Myer is the store is now slated for a 2015 opening, assumedly this is also when the rest of the Westfield extension will be completed, all seems to have gone quiet.

Turns out this would mark Myer’s return to Woden, discovered today that Grace Bros (which was bought by Myer in 1983) used to inhabit the area in the vicinity of the present day food court. Closed down 1987 in order to move to Tuggeranong where it seems retailers thought a gold-mine awaited.

And before it was Grace Brothers, I believe it was JB Youngs.

c_c™ 1:16 am 26 Nov 13

The latest update from Myer is the store is now slated for a 2015 opening, assumedly this is also when the rest of the Westfield extension will be completed, all seems to have gone quiet.

Turns out this would mark Myer’s return to Woden, discovered today that Grace Bros (which was bought by Myer in 1983) used to inhabit the area in the vicinity of the present day food court. Closed down 1987 in order to move to Tuggeranong where it seems retailers thought a gold-mine awaited.

Thumper 8:17 am 16 Aug 13

F*ck….

An expanded mall, just wants Canberra needs.

More pressure on traders who choose to ply their trade in suburban shopping centres.

Wonderful, one day all we will have left is malls. Huge, soul destroying concrete monoliths dedicated to mindless consumerism.

goggles13 10:18 pm 15 Aug 13

HiddenDragon said :

An interesting announcement on the same day that we have news of a reduction in the number of employees in the Woden area:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/public-servants-told-400-must-go-20130814-2rx8t.html

I think it was a slow news day in Canberra, this news was known last week.

goggles13 10:17 pm 15 Aug 13

mr reason said :

“Westfield Woden is one of the largest in Canberra.”

one of the largest what? surely not Westfields. aren’t there just two of them?

press release must have been written by the AFP

HiddenDragon 11:18 am 15 Aug 13

An interesting announcement on the same day that we have news of a reduction in the number of employees in the Woden area:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/public-servants-told-400-must-go-20130814-2rx8t.html

Holden Caulfield 10:44 am 15 Aug 13

Gee, and I thought retail was struggling.

Innovation 9:48 am 15 Aug 13

It will be great if Woden is revamped as it is a bit of a dump at the moment. But expanding general shops in an increasingly on line mail order era seems a bit short sighted. A better option would be to increase the green and entertainment space a la Kingston’s Green Square, get approval to increase the height and put up one, two and three storey garden oriented apartments on top.

FioBla 8:53 am 15 Aug 13

mr reason said :

“Westfield Woden is one of the largest in Canberra.”

one of the largest what? surely not Westfields. aren’t there just two of them?

You’re not thinking fourth dimensionally.

Erg0 8:36 am 15 Aug 13

I can see why they’d think that they don’t have enough fashion stores.

switch 8:14 am 15 Aug 13

It’s certainly the largest Westfield Woden in Canberra.

markbuzz 7:52 am 15 Aug 13

Myer tanked down at Tuggeranong so I wonder how the demographic is that much different at Woden. It is not like David Jones has enough business to bother having staff on the floor in any section other than cosmetics.
It was clever of Westfield to open up their undercover parking to all day stays to reduce the use of the govt pay parking to make it look like those open air car parks are not needed.

mr reason 7:10 am 15 Aug 13

“Westfield Woden is one of the largest in Canberra.”

one of the largest what? surely not Westfields. aren’t there just two of them?

screaming banshee 6:12 am 15 Aug 13

..and the battle between Westfield and QIC continues leaving destruction in its wake.

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