Westfield Newmarket unveiled the first stage of its $790 million redevelopment on Thursday, August 29, with the opening of 40 stores and the launch of a membership program giving shoppers access to free parking and other benefits.
Farmers, Kathmandu, Coco Republic, Rebel Sport, Under Armour, Chemist Warehouse, 2 Degrees, Bras N Things and EB Games are just some of the retailers involved in the stage one opening of the centre, which is on track to be complete by Christmas.
For some businesses, the opening marks their first bricks-and-mortar presence in the Auckland (Under Armour) or New Zealand market (Coco Republic).
Other new-to-Auckland retailers are slated to open later this year, including David Jones and Lego.
The stage one opening drew thousands of consumers, according to Scentre Group.
“The level of excitement shown by the community and our customers reinforces our commitment to continue delivering the best curation of products, services and experiences tailored for our New Zealand customers,” Greg Miles, Scentre Group’s COO, said.
The redevelopment began more than 18 months ago in February 2018, and will have more than 200 stores across 4.5 hectares and five levels of retail once complete.
David Jones, Lego, Countdown, Event Cinema and Archie Bros Cirque Electriq will open later this year, alongside 10 new restaurants, including a two-level White + Wong’s Sardine Cocktail Bar, Something & Social (a new casual dining offer by the Pilkington’s team) and Inca, a new Peruvian-style eatery concept from Nic Watt and Darren Johns. The centre will also house New Zealand’s first The Bavarian restaurant from opening.
Westfield Newmarket shoppers will also be able to access the shopping centre’s membership program, Westfield Plus, which provides a number of benefits, including free two-hour parking and free parking with entry after 6pm every day.