First stage of Sunshine Plaza’s expansion to open this Christmas

Sunshine Plaza redevelopmentQueensland’s Sunshine Plaza’s $400 million redevelopment will open in stages with the first retail stage to open in time for Christmas this year, a Lendlease spokesperson said.

The first retail stage will include a refurbished Myer, approximately 40 specialty stores, a new Amaroo Street entrance and a range of existing centre upgrades, according to Tamara Lovelace, Lendlease’s state manager – External Affairs.

Lovelace said the final stage of the redevelopment, which will include the region’s first David Jones with over 8,000sqm floor space; a 6,500sqm Big W; approximately 60 specialty stores and a new alfresco dining along Cornmeal Promenade, will be delivered before Easter 2019.

The shopping centre’s highly anticipated High Ropes course is also expected to be delivered in the same period, although it is still subject to DA approval.

The centre’s redevelopment will add over 34,000sqm of additional retail space, expanding it from 73,000sqm to over 107,000sqm.

Sunshine Plaza is owned jointly with Australian Prime Property Fund Retail and is managed by Lendlease. GPT and Lendlease commenced with the expansion of the centre in 2016 and was initially scheduled to be completed before Christmas 2018. But, according to GPT, it has been delayed stating it has been impacted by significant wet weather during the third period.

Once completed, the centre will also include about 1,400 additional parking spaces including two new multi-level car parks, taking the total number of spaces to nearly 5,000.

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