Changing the face of Sydney

October 28, 2010 by Henry Benjamin
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Westfield have opened their 119th shopping centre in Sydney today, heralding a change in shopping for the city’s consumers…and a new headquarters for the company, the largest retail property company world-wide.

Steven Lowy 2nd rt opens the Centre

The centre, known as the Pitt St Mall encompasses an area previously occupied by Centrepoint, Imperial Arcade and Skygarden.

Westfield Group Managing Director Steven Lowy told J-Wire: “The project has taken ten years to get to this stage and eight of those were in planning.”

Pitt St Mall brings to Sydney for the first time iconic retailers Gap and DKNY and in its next stage will host the first Australian store for fashion leaders Zara. Australian designers

Clover Moore and Steven Lowy All photos: Henry Benjamin

featuring in the centre include Sass ands Bide, Ksubi, Little Joe and Zimmermann. The lower floor features popular retailers General Pants, Henleys, Lonsdale, Nike and That Store.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore welcomed the new addition to the city’s facilities.

Lowy said that the project, including a 25-storey commercial tower was expected to be completed by early 2012. He added: “But we may be earlier”.

Vital statistics: Office space – 75,000sq mts. Number of retailers – 250. The Myer and David Jones department stores link into the new Pitt St Mall.

Lowy told media that the next centre to be opened will be in Stratford, London. He said: We are at the site of the London Olympics and two train stations feeding the Olympic complex are within the new centre.

Westfield have interests in shopping centres in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK.

Steven Lowy with Sass and Bide

Pitt St Mall DKNY store

DKNY store

Last minute check

The Gap Store

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