Watergardens Town Centre
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Watergardens Town Centre is a super regional shopping centre and homemaker complex located twenty-four kilometres north-west of Melbourne in the suburb of Taylors Lakes, served by Watergardens railway station. It is owned by the Queensland Investment Corporation. It is well located in an area of newly developing estates. It currently has 243 businesses.
|Location||Taylors Lakes, Victoria, Australia|
|Opening date||September 29, 1997|
|Developer||Queensland Investment Corporation|
|Management||Queensland Investment Corporation|
|Owner||Queensland Investment Corporation|
|No. of stores and services||243|
|No. of anchor tenants||8|
|Total retail floor area||119,000 m2 (1,280,000 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||1|
Built in mid 1997, this shopping centre contains over 250 businesses, including two supermarkets (Woolworths) and (Aldi), a discount department-store (Target), and a Terry White Chemist as well as a Hoyts Cinema. Watergardens also has a major homemaker precinct across the road from the main centre, containing Bunnings Warehouse and Harvey Norman.
Watergardens Shopping Centre was also one of the first major shopping centres in Melbourne containing a unique dining and entertainment precinct located outside.
A major development costing $138 million saw the centre nearly double in size. The expansion opened in April 2007, and included a Big W discount department store, a second Safeway supermarket, Rebel Sport, Dick Smith Electronics, and approximately 100 specialty shops, altogether totalling over 220 businesses. It also includes a 600-seat food court.
On February 11, 2018, Coles closed down, and no longer operates in Watergardens. The space opened as The Marketplace in March 2020 with major Aldi and over 20 new specialty retailers.
Watergardens contains seven major facilities:
Watergardens is easily accessible from the Melton Highway which is located off one of Melbourne's urban freeways - the Calder Freeway. It can also be accessed from Watergardens Station, about 100 metres from the entrance, on the Sunbury line, and by Bus Routes 419, 421, 425, 461 and 476.
When the former St Albans line was extended out to include Keilor Plains and Sydenham, the Watergardens Town Centre consortium (Queensland Investment Corporation) bought the naming rights to the railway station, naming it Watergardens Station in 2002. The former St Albans line was referred to alternately as either the Sydenham line or the Watergardens line or occasionally as Sydenham/Watergardens. The station and railway serves as the separation between the suburbs of Sydenham and Taylors Lakes, with the shopping centre entirely located in Taylors Lakes. Since 2012, the line is now known as the Sunbury line as the electrification was extended to Sunbury.