Last week we decided to visit one of the big outer suburban shopping malls. I must say that I did not look forward to it as I generally don't like these centres but prefer the older, smaller, strip shopping streets. However I was pleasantly surprised as this one was newly renovated and extended, was spacious and had plenty of natural light and a goo selection of shops and services, as well as plenty of parking.
Eastland Shopping Centre is a large shopping centre located in the outer eastern suburb of Ringwood, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which first opened on 31 October 1967. It is close to Ringwood railway station, located opposite the centre on Maroondah Highway. The centre features 2 main levels of shops, with a 3rd level containing a Hoyts 12 screen cinema complex and restaurants, forming a total of approximately 235 stores. It is the largest shopping centre in the City of Maroondah, and is located in relatively close proximity to Westfield Doncaster and Westfield Knox.
Construction commenced on the two level enclosed complex in July 1966, with a 14,000m2 Myer and a 2500m2 Woolworths supermarket and variety store as major anchors, along with 40 speciality stores and a 1200 space car park. In 1993 a massive redevelopment of the centre was announced, and after a series of 3 staged openings culminated in the relaunch of a new look Eastland in May, 1995. This extension brought the Centre to 53,300 square metres with major retailers Myer, Safeway and Kmart and 170 specialty retailers.
Stage 4 and 5 redevelopments and expansions occurred from 2002 to 2013, and further redevelopments to be completed in 2 stages, with the first stage opened on 29 October 2015 and the second stage opening by mid 2016. I was impressed with the way that centre operated "as normal" while the last stage redevelopments are occurring. A bonus was the striking giant photocollage murals that acted as both visual décor and as screens for the areas under development.
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