First stage of Chadstone Shopping Centre's $660m expansion opens

MORE than 60 new retail stores, two new dining precincts and a new state-of-the-art HOYTS cinema complex were unveiled last week following the opening of the first and most significant phase of Chadstone Shopping Centre's $660 million development.

At completion of the development in mid-2017, Chadstone will feature close to 600 retailers including some of the world's most iconic luxury designer stores, premium international retailers, a collection of flagship stores, two new dining precincts and Australia's only LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

Launch of Chadstone Shopping Centre's $660m development
Above: Launch of Chadstone Shopping Centre's $660m development / The Buchan Group.

The expansion aims to reinforce Chadstone's position as Australia's number one destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, with new flagship stores including H&M, Uniqlo and Sephora, and premium internationals such as Furla, Maje, Oroton, Sandro and The Kooples.

The centre will also become home to the first integrated retail dealership for Tesla Motors in Melbourne, active living retailers including Nike and Rebel Sport, and the first Australian store for beauty brand Bath & Body Works.

The revamped dining and entertainment precincts include the new Dining Terrace and Food Central, a 1,300-seat, 20-plus tenancy food gallery. The Dining Terrace will become home to Burger Project by Neil Perry, Fonda, Woodstock Pizzicheria, Mama's Buoi, New Shanghai, Mezz Bistro and Bar and Marae Izakaya, opening from mid-October onwards.

Mr Angus McNaughton, CEO and Managing Director of Vicinity Centres, which jointly owns the shopping centre with Gandel Group, said the best shopping centres around the world recognise that the dining and entertainment experiences are just as important as the retail offer for customers.

"Our vision at Chadstone was to create an iconic experience that reflects Melbourne's reputation as Australia's dining and entertainment capital," Mr McNaughton said.

"Chadstone's new and unique expanded retail, dining and entertainment offer reflects what today's customers want and need in a premium experience, from the moment they walk through our doors."

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