WESTFIELD Carousel’s long-awaited extensions are almost ready for business, with the $350m redevelopment set to open to the public on August 30.
David Jones, a rooftop dining and entertainment precinct and a fashion mall are the three marquee additions as Carousel moves from shopping centre to entertainment hub.
The long and winding fashion mall will be home to WA’s first JD Sports and Vans stores, with renowned retailers G-Star Raw, Mecca, Seed, Sheike and Playtpus among other new additions.
At the heart of the fashion mall is the two-storey David Jones, which will house three beauty suites and a WA-exclusive tanning salon.
The department store giant received 3000 applications for just 80 positions at the new store and David Jones’ general manager of store operations Ben Webster said customers would receive the best experience possible.
“It’s about bringing that downtown experience from our CBD location to our new stores,” he said.
The store will also feature a 55-seat, Neil Perry-inspired café which will use locally-sourced food from around the state.
Westfield has come under pressure in recent months in the wake of its decision to introduce paid parking at the centre, but said today the new system would be an improvement.
Westfield WA regional manager Chris Barton said the organistion had been “very active” in communicating with its customers about the changes.
“Westfield Park Plus is about making parking convenient,” he said.
“The technology we’re bringing will reduce congestion, make it easier than ever to find a bay and streamline the entrance and exit process for customers.”
David Jones’ top floor also offers access to the centre’s ‘crown jewel’ – a rooftop entertainment and dining hub – which includes the WA debut of American casual dining giant TGI Friday and popular Italian chain Criniti’s.
An Asian-inspired laneway is also set for the rooftop to deliver hungry punters the best oriental food on offer.
The rooftop precinct connects to Hoyts Cinema and will boast an amphitheatre and stage, allowing bands and singers to add some atmosphere on summer nights.
Mr Barton said community consultation had been critical since the re-development started and the centre’s new look was a result of the customer’s wishes.
“We’ve given them things they need, which is the best fashion and retail they can find anywhere,” he said.
“But they really like food and dining, that’s where they’ll spend time with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company.
“On top of that, people want experiences, places they can come and enjoy live music or other experiences like cinemas, which have recently been upgraded.
“If we can tie in the retail offer, the food offer and the experience, we know customers are going to be very happy.”