AMP Capital has revealed that H&M, UNIQLO, Zara and Gap have all confirmed residency at Macquarie Centre in North Ryde, making it home to the most large format international high street fashion brands of any Australian shopping centre.
A fifth brand, to be announced in the coming weeks, will further add to the impressive line up.
Macquarie Centre’s $440 million transformation will be unveiled on 16 October 2014, with the international retailers joining domestic department stores Myer and David Jones (in its first new premises in Sydney for seven years), as well as 130 specialty fashion and beauty stores such as Scanlan Theodore, Zimmermann, Alice McCall, Gorman, Willow and Sass & Bide.
The project is part of AMP Capital Shopping Centres’ $2.8 billion development pipeline, which includes major redevelopments underway at Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast and Perth’s Ocean Keys, and proposed at Garden City, Booragoon and Karrinyup shopping centres also in Perth. Upon completion, Macquarie Centre will become the largest suburban shopping centre in New South Wales, with 138,500 square metres of floor space.
Bryan Hynes, Managing Director AMP Capital Shopping Centres, said: “The centre will include the most international, large-format fashion brands of any Australian shopping centre as well as established local brands, aspirational fashion retailers, unique leisure and lifestyle retailers, and the best fresh food offering in the area.
“Macquarie Centre will be transformed into a leading fashion, lifestyle and leisure hub for Sydney with the first and highly anticipated H&M, the first UNIQLO in the city’s north and Zara will be the only store on Sydney’s north side to stock a full children’s range, complementing the strong children’s offer from H&M, UNIQLO and Gap.
“We have some grand plans for when our doors open on 16 October including two fashion shows curated by fashion industry experts to showcase everything we will have on offer at Macquarie Centre.”
Later this month, the centre will also launch My Macquarie, a personalised app for shopping, fashion news, trends and events. It is the first Australian app to feature catwalk-to-mobile technology, which allows users to compile a ‘look book’ of favourite outfits from the runway live event on opening day and then helps them to navigate their way around the centre to browse and purchase items.
The new-look Macquarie Centre will be a premium shopping destination that will also feature a dining and cafe precinct, approximately 5,000 car spaces and premium services including valet parking, porter shopping and free WIFI. Stage one of the redevelopment opened in July and includes a Fresh Food Market precinct featuring new Coles and ALDI supermarkets alongside a refurbished Woolworths. It also includes a range of market-style eateries such as Costi’s Seafood Market Macquarie, Inlakesh Living Foods and F & L Gourmet.
Macquarie Centre is managed by AMP Capital and owned by the AMP Capital Shopping Centre Fund (ASCF), the Australian Core Property Portfolio (ACPP) and the AMP Capital Retail Trust.