Sunshine Coast Daily article | by Amber Hooker | 20 August 2018
A BIRD’S-EYE view of Stockland’s Birtinya Shopping Centre reveals the scale of the first half of the two-part project.
Negotiations for leases in the 10,648sq m building are ongoing, but the developer remains tight-lipped on who will take up shop in the 30 speciality stores and two mini-majors.
A mini-major is a retail outlet of 600-1500sq m which encompass notable international fashion outlets including H&M, Zara, Uniqlo and Forever21.
Though Stockland cannot release retailer details at this time, the more well-known Australian mini-major players are JB Hi-Fi, Rebel, Dan Murphys, Dick Smith Powerhouse, Priceline, Terry White Chemist and Borders books.A flagship Coles and Aldi supermarket are so far the only retailers earmarked for stage one of the development, which began in December last year. A number of retailers are expected to be announced closer to stage one opening, which is on track for before Christmas. Development manager Caitlin Sandford said as the roof is near complete, and the structures for the centre’s grand pedestrian entrances had been erected.
“The car park bitumen is set to be laid in the coming weeks and we are currently in the process of installing the footings for the shade sails in the car park,” Ms Sandford said. The concreting for the centre’s internal flooring was also completed last week, and the glass window panels are being lifted into place.
The centre will also feature an open-air, late night dining precinct and 522 car parking spaces.
Once stage two is complete the entire centre will provide 20,000sq m of shopping space.Construction is also progressing across Kawana Way on the Birtinya Service Centre, which will feature a Caltex and drive-through Guzman Y Gomez and Oporto restaurants.
This is expected to open before Easter next year. The Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre forms part of the broader $830 million Birtinya Town Centre masterplan development. Across an area of 18 hectares, Stockland will also develop a new civic plaza, walkable waterfront and open green space all integrated with entertainment, commercial, health-related research facilities and high density residential.
BIRTINYA TOWN CENTRE MASTERPLAN
• Part of the $830m Birtinya Town Centre masterplan development
• 20,000sq m shopping centre
• 60,000sq m commercial space
• Entertainment premises
• Hotel and apartments
• Town square with open green space
• Walkable waterfront