Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has officially opened the now completed $170 million Stage 2 redevelopment of Westfield North Lakes, as it launched a new IKEA store and a new 60-store retail mall linking to the existing centre.
The new 18,000 square metre retail mall is anchored by Kmart, JB Hi-Fi Home and also includes Rebel, Cotton On, Forever New and Sportsgirl.
Westfield North Lakes is jointly owned by DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund and Scentre Group.
DEXUS Chief Operating Officer Greg Miles said the redevelopment was an appropriate response to the growing community in North Lakes:“We have delivered a centre that is tailored to meet the needs of this family-based community," he said.
DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund Manager Michael Sheffield said this latest stage of the development of Westfield North Lakes will provide more choice, a better customer experience and jobs for the local community.
"We are committed to delivering a centre that continues to evolve to serve the needs of its local community.”
On behalf of the Palaszczuk Government, Ms Trad welcomed the fact that the private sector contribution would now help to deliver around 900 additional retail jobs in addition to the 4,700 jobs that were generated during construction.
The completion of the stage 2 redevelopment of Westfield North Lakes also sees the introduction of Ticketless Parking – a first for Westfield centres in Queensland - allowing customers to enter and exit the centre with ease, and a parking guidance system with real-time electronic signage guiding customers to available spaces.
Westfield North Lakes now has 4,900 car spaces, incorporating a new multi-level under cover car park.
This project follows an $80 million redevelopment completed in November 2015 which included the addition of two new precincts: a fresh food market and a casual dining area ‘The Laneway’ with seven new restaurants and an eight-screen Event Cinemas complex which opened in Easter this year.
Thanks to the redevelopment, Westfield North Lakes can now boast the broadest retail offer available from Brisbane’s northern-most suburbs to the Sunshine Coast.