WESTFIELD Carousel’s $350 million redevelopment will be completed in time for Christmas and will become the state’s biggest shopping hub, according to Westfield Carousel WA regional manager Chris Barton.
Canning Times had a sneak peek at the centre’s soon to be completed rooftop dining and entertainment space today where the community will be able to eat, drink, relax and be entertained day and night.
Kids will be entertained with two new kids play spaces and features, HOYTS cinemas will be fully refurbished and a dedicated food laneway will come to life with 12 new restaurants.
Mr Barton said there will be an additional 60 stores, as well as a new fashion mall anchored by David Jones.
“It’s definitely something customers have asked for and they want new dining offers, but more importantly experiences and we will be able to provide,” he said.
Mr Barton said Westfield Carousel, set to grow by 27,500sq m, wouldn’t be a shopping centre but a “lifestyle destination”.
“The dining will stand us apart and the fashion range will also be the best you find in Perth,” he said.
“I’m incredibly proud of it all and there’s something for the whole family.”
The centre will bring another first for WA with the installation of 3000 solar panels set to exert two million kilowatts of power – equivalent to powering 330 homes.
“We’re installing solar panels on our multi-deck rooftop carpark,” he said.
“We’re really reducing our carbon footprint.
“For Westfield we’re the hub of the community, and we want to be seen giving back”.
According to Mr Barton, a massive 4800 jobs across both the construction and new future retail sectors were created during the redevelopment effort.
Mr Barton said customers reached out to Westfield Carousel and were vocal on social media in regards to parking and dining needs.
“We found parking has been a challenge for some and congested at times on roads,” he said.
“We understood it was a challenge to find a park so we’re addressing that and we’re launching Westfield Smarter Parking, which will ease congestion and make it convenient for customers, and will allow the ability to streamline the arrival and departure process, and find a bay much easier.
“We will also offer WA’s first valet parking service within a shopping centre for customers.”
Mr Barton said they were close to the end of the redevelopment process.
“It’s an 18 month development process and we’re excited we’re coming towards end of that,” he said.
“We’re looking for the future and that’s listening to customers, building opportunities for them making experiences with family and friends.”