Lendlease has officially opened the Cairns Central’s $60 million redevelopment in a ceremony joined by local retail owners.
In attendance was Michael Healy, Member for Cairns and Assistant Tourism Minister, David McNamara from Lendlease Head of Retail and Christie-Lee Jackson, Cairns Central Centre Manager.
The inclusion of a Food Hall within the redevelopment provided new opportunities for customers a range of new dine-in, takeaway and fresh produce options from Asian street food to European deli-style options and baked goods.
The dining area is a key focal point of the redevelopment and will be accompanied by a new Woolworths and BWS, which are expected to open in early 2021.
– Refurbishment of Myer (7,500sqm)
– Food Hall (dining options and food retailers)
– Woolworths Supermarket and BWS
– New vehicle express ramp (Food Hall access)
– Ticketless parking
– New amenities
– children’s play area
– Ambience and amenities upgrades
– Customer service desk
– Furnishings and finishes.
The Myer Store Refurbishment provides a brand new larger single level layout store on the ground floor boasting the latest fit out, new exclusive brands, cosmetic displays, modern lighting and fixtures, and luxurious new change rooms.
The redevelopment, which commenced construction in July 2019, is estimated to have generated close to 70 jobs over the past year-and-a-half, and a further 125 retail jobs on an ongoing basis.
Stirling Hinchliffe, Tourism Minister outlined that the redevelopment is a great investment for the region.
“The redevelopment of Cairns Central was a significant investment in the Far North. This $60 million investment by Lendlease demonstrates business confidence in a bright future for Cairns and the Far North”.
“Redeveloping Cairns Central cements the Centre’s reputation as a destination shopping experience ahead of the arrival of thousands of interstate holiday-makers in FNQ who will be looking to spend up this summer,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
Michael Healy, Member for Cairns and Assistant Tourism Minister outlined how the construction had carried on through the covid-19 pandemic.
“The work at Cairns Central had contributed to helping the city as we move through the global COVID-19 pandemic”.
“Building works at Cairns Central helped to keep almost 70 Far North Queensland tradies and suppliers in jobs during the pandemic and will continue to support jobs into the future”.
“The additional 125 retail jobs at Cairns Central are vitally important for building on the region’s economic recovery after COVID”.
“On behalf of residents of our beautiful city, I want to thank Lendlease for their investment in local jobs and confidence in the Cairns economy, which continues to go from strength to strength.” Mr Healy said.
Food Hall Options
– Rise & Bake (French patisserie and cafe)
– Hong Kong Street (Hong Kong yum cha)
– Hero Sushi (Sushi and other Japanese meals )
– Excel Fresh (food grocer, butchery and deli)
– Hanaromart (Asian groceries)
– BWS (alcoholic beverages)
– Priceline (health and beauty)
– Woolworths Supermarket
– Food Hall
David McNamara from Lendlease Head of Retail said “Today’s opening is an exciting milestone, not only for Cairns Central, but also for the Cairns region. The Centre has been the premier retail, fashion and community destination since it first opened in 1997″.
“We’ve delivered on our vision to give customers exceptional shopping experiences that reflect Cairns’ vibrant and diverse community. The expanded fashion, beauty and food offer cements our position as the largest and leading shopping destination in Tropical Far North Queensland”.
“Lendlease and Cairns Central’s owners, APPF Retail made this investment in the redevelopment because we have great confidence in the region.”
Anne MacSporran, Fund Manager of APPF Retail said “The opening of this redevelopment is an exciting step forward for Cairns Central and Far North Queensland. It will strengthen the region’s attractiveness to both the local community and tourists and will increase the economic vibrancy of the city of Cairns through shopping, dining and entertainment.”
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