Westfield Tuggerah

Westfield Tuggerah is a large shopping centre in the suburb of Tuggerah on the Central Coast. It is the second largest shopping centre on the Central Coast after Erina Fair.[1]

Westfield Tuggerah
LocationTuggerah, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates33°18′30″S 151°24′48″E / 33.30824°S 151.41332°E / -33.30824; 151.41332Coordinates: 33°18′30″S 151°24′48″E / 33.30824°S 151.41332°E / -33.30824; 151.41332
Address50 Wyong Rd, Tuggerah NSW 2259
Opening date19 October 1995; 25 years ago (19 October 1995)
ManagementScentre Group
OwnerScentre Group
No. of stores and services244
No. of anchor tenants7
Total retail floor area84,238 m2 (906,730 sq ft)
No. of floors2
Parking3,157 spaces
Websitewww.westfield.com.au/tuggerah

TransportEdit

Tuggerah Station is 200 metres away from Westfield Tuggerah and is on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line. The station is serviced by trains which operate between Sydney and Wyong and Newcastle, as well as local trains starting at Gosford.

Westfield Tuggerah is located adjacent to an exit from the M1 Motorway. [2]

Westfield Tuggerah has bus connections to Charmhaven, The Entrance, Gosford, Lake Haven, Ourimbah and Wyong, as well as local surrounding suburbs. It is served by Busways, Hunter Valley Buses and Red Bus Services. The majority of its bus services are located at the bus interchange outside Event Cinemas.

Westfield Tuggerah has multi level car parks with 3,157 spaces.

HistoryEdit

Westfield Tuggerah opened on 19 October 1995 after only 13 months of construction. The $170 million development was built on a greenfield site that was previously the Wyong District Abattoirs. Originally a single storey shopping complex surrounded by car parks, the centre featured the Central Coast's only David Jones, as well as Big W, Woolworths, Intencity arcade, an eight screen Greater Union cinema, international food court and 140 speciality stores.[3]

Following the opening there has been a progressive decline in shopping in the nearby towns, with many empty stores and banks in Wyong in particular. Shortly after opening there was some regret from allowing a relatively unattractive bulky building to be located at the gateway to the shire.

During construction of the 2004 extension, a man was electrocuted and killed. His death prompted the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to highlight work safety laws, stating this was another unneeded death on the worksite.[4][5][6]

This development added a second level onto the existing centre in July 2005 and the restaurant precinct was added in September 2005. By 2006 the whole redevelopment and extension was completed and opened. This redevelopment added in a Target, Harris Scarfe, Aldi, Coles, Trade Secret, Lincraft, JB Hi-Fi, Timezone arcade and 90 speciality stores.[7]

In 2008 approval was given for another extension to expand the centre by 16,500m² and create a two-level enclosed shopping centre. The expansion proposed for a third discount department store, four extra cinemas and another 40 stores and more car parks. However this approval was not acted on.

In September 2009, Myer announced a proposal for a store in the centre to open by the end of 2013. The proposals were for a store of two levels and approximately 12,000 square metres. This was at the time of Myer's re-listing on the share market.[8][9]

In December 2013 plans were for a $50 million expansion of Westfield Tuggerah would add a further 12,638m² of retail space to its existing centre with work planned for two stages. The first stage would involve the addition of the two level Myer store, new stores and an expanded parking area. Stage 2 would include a Vmax cinema.[10]

In September 2015 it was announced that there would be no Myer opening at Tuggerah and any expansion plans would be suspended.[11]

On 25 July 2016 H&M opened its first Central Coast store in the centre.[12] TK Maxx which replaced Trade Secret opened on 17 May 2018.

On 21 January 2020 Harris Scarfe closed down.[13] It was replaced by Dan Murphy's. iPlay replaced Timezone and opened on 6 March 2021.

FutureEdit

Westfield Tuggerah is part of the $2.8 billion Tuggerah Town Centre masterplan to develop Tuggerah as a lifestyle hub. The masterplan proposes a combination of uses for the 70 hectares of land including new community facilities, large green spaces and parklands and the creation of active transport connections to a redeveloped transport interchange at Tuggerah station.[14] It will also transform the surrounding area into a major hub of employment, transport, housing, leisure, health and education. As part of this masterplan Westfield Tuggerah will add more entertainment, leisure and dining options and expand to the vacant land behind the centre and on the other side of Tonkiss St, as well as nearby land owned by Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council.[15][16]

TenantsEdit

Westfield Tuggerah has 84,238m² of floor space. The major retailers include David Jones, Big W, Target, Aldi, Coles, Woolworths, H&M, TK Maxx, JB Hi-Fi, Rebel, iPlay and Event Cinemas.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Westfield Tuggerah". Scentre Group. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  2. ^ UBD Ltd (2006). "Online map". whereis.com. Retrieved 23 November 2006.
  3. ^ "Moments in history at Westfield Tuggerah's 20th birthday". dailytelegraph. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Business group attacks safety laws". The Age (Melbourne). 28 April 2006. Retrieved 23 November 2006.
  5. ^ "Construction union volunteers help Portuguese widow". Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 23 November 2006.
  6. ^ "Memorial unveiling for father killed at Westfield Tuggerah". Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union. 21 October 2006. Retrieved 23 November 2006.
  7. ^ "25 years of history at Westfield Tuggerah". www.westfield.com.au. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  8. ^ Greenblat, Eli (28 September 2008). "Prospectus out: Myer prices shares". Sydney Morning Herald.
  9. ^ "Myer bows out of WA - Ragtrader". www.ragtrader.com.au. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  10. ^ "$50m Tuggerah Westfield expansion". dailytelegraph. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  11. ^ Low, Catie (17 March 2016). "Myer makeover driving sales higher, says CEO Richard Umbers". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  12. ^ "H&M confirms opening date at Westfield Tuggerah". Star 104.5 Central Coast. 15 June 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Harris Scarfe launches massive closing down sale with 60 per cent off". 7NEWS.com.au. 17 January 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  14. ^ "$2.1 Billion 'Tuggerah Town Centre' Development". | $2.1 Billion ‘Tuggerah Town Centre’ Development. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  15. ^ "'BOOMTOWN' Tuggerah redevelopment: New Westfield proposal, homes, shops and transport interchange". COMMUNITY ACTION ALLIANCE FOR NSW (CAAN): HOUSING INEQUALITY WITH AUSSIES LOCKED OUT!. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Multi million dollar proposal to transform Tuggerah". Central Coast Newspapers. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2021.

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