BURWOOD WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN
Burwood Road and Wilga Street
Municipality of Burwood, New South Wales


The tenth retail-related project built by Australia's Westfield Development Corporation was located on a 6.4 acre plot, situated 5.4 miles west of Sydney's urban core. Officially dedicated October 9, 1966, BURWOOD WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN was the company's first major merchandising complex and the first to be branded as a "Shoppingtown".

The original centre, designed by Brian Woolstone and B. E. Sabolch, consisted of 2 retail levels -Ground and Gallery- built alongside a 3-level car park, with parking provisions on a portion of the roof of the structure.

BURWOOD WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN cost 8 million dollars to construct. It encompassed 327,000 lettable square feet and sixty shops and services. There were two anchor stores; a 2-level (107,000 square foot), Sydney-based Farmer's and a 2-level Winns.

Mini-majors included Mark Foy's, Best and Lee apparel and a Cole's New World Supermarket. A listing of general shops and services would include Angus and Coote's Jewelers, White's Shoes, Gales Pharmacy and City Fashions.

The mall was built on a sloping lot, which facilitated its unique "incline mall" design. The two retail levels were oriented on a gently ascending -or descending- grade, connected via a system of ramps, with escalators also provided in the centre's Centre Court and elevators accessing the levels of its car park.

Interiors in BURWOOD WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN were done in an eclectic fashion. The mall's Centre Court reflected the latest in modern design. On its west end was an air jet fountain which kept multicoloured balls floating at staggered heights. Storefronts were done in different classic styles, such as London Regency Period, English Tudor, Nautical, 16th Century Spanish and Neoclassic or Palladian.

Competing commercial centres in the vicinity of the shopping precinct included ROSELANDS CENTRE (1965) {4.6 miles southwest, in the Municipality of Canterbury} and BANKSTOWN SQUARE / CENTRO BANKSTOWN (1966) {4.6 miles southwest, in the City of Bankstown}.

Renovations were done to the shopping complex in 1972. By this time, its official moniker had morphed into WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN, BURWOOD. In 1976 another remodeling was completed. Soon after, its Farmer's was rebannered as a Sydney-based Grace Brothers.

By the late 1990s, the centre was long past its prime. Its proprietor, known -by now- as the Westfield Group, decided to shutter, demolish and replace it. This would be the first time that a Westfield property would be completely razed and rebuilt from the ground up. The 300 million dollar project got underway in January 1999.

On August 17, 2000, the new WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN BURWOOD made its debut. The complex now encompassed 681,600 lettable square feet and two hundred and forty-eight shops and services.

There were 3 levels of retail; Ground, 1 and 2. Above these was a 3 level car park. The mall proper featured the 13-bay Food On the Park Food Court (with an outdoor dining terrace),"The Street", an entertainment and lifestyle precinct (the first such attraction in Greater Sydney), and a 12-screen Greater Union multiplex cinema.

The primary anchor of the new WESTFIELD SHOPPINGTOWN BURWOOD was a 3-level (160,300 square foot), Melbourne-based Myer. This store was shuttered in March 2007 and re-opened, as a Sydney-based David Jones, May 5, 2007. Mini-majors in the shopping hub were (and are) Target, Kmart and Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets.

Sources:

The Sydney Morning Herald www.westfield.com (The Westfield Group)
http://westfield.com.au/burwood
"Westfield Burwood" article on Wikipedia


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