Westfield Newmarket’s $790 million expansion nears completion

Westfield newmarket2Scentre’s NZ$790 million redevelopment of Westfield Newmarket is nearing completion and will be launched by the middle of this year.

The property developer and retail landlord announced the shopping centre’s opening will be in stages and may start as early as July.

The project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Once completed, Scentre’s expansion, which the company has confirmed is its largest project to date, will put it in the top echelon of Auckland shopping centres.

Upon completion, the centre will have an additional 190,000sqm of floor space to accommodate retail, dining and entertainment offerings and 2,770 new car parking spaces.

Westfield Newmarket will house Auckland’s first David Jones, a state-of-the-art Event Cinemas complex including Gold Class and V-Max, a new format Farmers department store, Countdown supermarket and more than 230 new specialty stores.

Scentre has announced last month that food outlets Something & Social, Bird on a Wire and Tai Ping have leased space in the 80,000sqm centre Rooftop on Broadway, which is scheduled to open later this year.

The area is the new upper-level indoor/outdoor dining space at 309 Broadway, across Mortimer Pass from the 277 Broadway site which Scentre is also developing.

There will be a multi-level glass airbridge over Mortimer Pass that will link the two blocks.

Dining beside cinema entrances and exits are on level four and dining and entertainment will be on level five. The area will be heavily landscaped.

Earlier this year, Scentre announced White + Wong’s has leased space which the retail landlord said “will feature a sit-down restaurant for over 450 customers and a Sardine Cocktail Bar, for a casual catch-up over a drink”.

This new store will be White + Wong’s third outlet.

The entire project will incorporate multiple sites of over 4.5 hectares, providing not only a lifestyle and retail destination but also leisure and hospitality experience. The new living centre will offer much more than just shopping with movies, bars, dining, entertainment and gyms all under one roof.

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