Newmarket's beloved Two Double Seven mall closed this week to make way for a mammoth redevelopment. A $790 million redevelopment, that is.
The pricey transformation is the work of Scentre Group, the Australasian arm of Westfield, who are looking to create "a world-class retail and lifestyle destination" in the inner-city suburb. The site will nearly triple in size from just over 30,000 square metres to a gross lettable area of 88,150 square metres, including 277's outdoor parking lot and the site of the old Farmers store at 309 Broadway.
Australian department store David Jones will headline the five-floor retail experience, which will also include a Countdown supermarket, a new format Farmers and over 230 specialist stores. It will be the second David Jones to open in New Zealand (the first can be found in Wellington). Further new shopping services will include valet parking, a styling suite and hands-free shopping.
A rooftop dining and entertainment precinct, including a new Event Cinemas complex, has also been announced. The area has been tipped to include views of the city, year-round dining options and will "encompass some of the country's finest food and beverage experiences in a vibrant outdoor environment."
Shoppers will have to wait until the fourth quarter of 2019 for Westfield Newmarket to be complete. Read more about the development over here.