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Read here for the latest news and updates on the Cairns Central redevelopment

15th December, 2020
MEDIA RELEASE - CAIRNS CENTRAL CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF $60 MILLION REDEVELOPMENT 

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Member for Cairns and Assistant Tourism Minister Michael Healy joined Lendlease today to celebrate the official opening of Cairns Central’s $60 million redevelopment.

The new Food Hall, a key focal point of the redevelopment will give customers a range of new dine-in, takeaway and fresh produce options from Asian street food to European deli-style options and baked goods.  A new Woolworths and BWS are due to open early next year.

For local fashionistas, Myer, the flagship of retail in the region has had a complete refurbishment.  The new-look store is now a single level layout in a larger footprint on the ground floor boasting the latest fit out, new exclusive brands, cosmetic displays, modern lighting and fixtures, and luxurious new change rooms. 

Kids won’t miss out in the redevelopment either – a new indoor children’s playground is set to open in early 2021.

As part of the redevelopment, the Centre has also introduced a new vehicle express ramp with direct access to the Food Hall and a new ticketless parking system, using licence plate recognition for a seamless enter and exit process without the need for a ticket.

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.

From 15 December, Port Douglas based chef Jed Sneddon will be Cairns Central’s chef-in-residence with live food demonstrations and free tastings.  Visit cairnscentral.com.au for more about the Summer Series five day activation and school holiday program.

Quote attributed to Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe:

“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,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“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.”

Quote attributed to Member for Cairns Michael Healy:

“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,” Mr Healy said.

“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.”

Quotes attributed to Lendlease Head of Retail, David McNamara:

“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.”

Quote attributed to Fund Manager APPF Retail, Anne MacSporran:

“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.”


ENDS

For more information please contact: 
Tamara Lovelace
State Manager External Affairs, QLD/NT
0427 226 316 | [email protected]


 
Cairns Central – Fast Facts

  • Cairns Central is the largest shopping Centre in Far North Queensland and is the premiere retail destination in Far North Queensland.
  • The Centre is fully enclosed and offers an extensive range of stores and services. It has over 160 stores together with Myer, Target, Kmart, Coles, and Vmax screens at Event Cinemas.
  • Cairns Central is approaching it’s 25-year anniversary.
  • The Centre has been servicing the local region since 1997.
  • The Centre has 161 retailers and attracted 11.22 million visitors in 2019.

Redevelopment

In July 2019, Lendlease announced the commencement of the $60 million redevelopment of Cairns Central.

The redevelopment, the first since the Centre opened 20 years ago, includes:

  • the complete refurbishment of Myer, across a larger, single floor of approximately 7,500sqm with an improved retail experience and an increased number of new and exclusive brands
  • a new Food Hall, anchored by Woolworths, offering exciting new dining options and food retailers
  • new vehicle express ramp that will give customers easy and direct access to the Food Hall
  • greater parking convenience with the implementation of ticketless parking
  • new amenities including a children’s play area
  • ambience and amenities upgrades including bathrooms, customer service desk, furnishings and finishes.

New dining options and food retailers that will join Woolworths in the Food Hall - Woolworths will launch in early 2021.

  • Rise & Bake 
  • Hong Kong Street 
  • Hero Sushi 
  • Excel Fresh 
  • Hanaromart 
  • BWS 
  • Priceline

 

1st September, 2020
MEDIA RELEASE - NEW RETAILERS

Get excited, Cairns. This is for you.

We're making significant progress on the $60 million redevelopment of the centre and today, the QLD Treasurer got a sneak peek into the new Food Hall.

We also announced new stores and restaurants that will join Woolworths in the Food Hall, which is on track to open later this year, with Woolworths to launch in early 2021.

 

  • Rise & Bake – the much-loved local bakery is opening a new store at the Centre and will be giving customers their favourite freshly baked breads and rolls, modern French crepes, classic French patisserie and locally roasted coffee.
  • Hong Kong Street – a new authentic experience offering Hong Kong BBQ and the best yum cha dishes including dumplings and BBQ pork buns.
  • Hero Sushi – an authentic Japanese dining experience specialising in freshly made Sushi, made by experienced Japanese trained chefs.
  • Excel Fresh – a fresh food grocer, butchery and deli providing an extensive choice of quality fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and a wide selection of cheese, olives and cured meats.
  • Hanaromart – a large and diverse range of Asian groceries including the best brands of noodles, sauces, snacks and fresh Asian herbs and vegetables.
  • BWS – offering the widest wide range of alcoholic beverages.
  • Priceline - The Centre’s existing Priceline will relocate to the Food Hall to offer customers convenience access to an extensive health and beauty offer.

 

Redevelopment

 

17th August, 2020
CAR PARK UPDATE – APLIN ST GROUND ENTRY

As part of the Cairns Central redevelopment, construction is currently underway on new parking facilities.  The Aplin Street Ground Entry will have temporary closures and changes to traffic conditions, through staged works, commencing tomorrow 18 August.  Alternative access is via the Bunda Street and Aplin Street Ramps with best parking on the Mezzanine. For a map of current car park closures and alternative entries, see below. 
 
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deliver these improvements. If you require further assistance, please contact our Customer Service team on 07 4041 4111.

Aplin St Temporary Changes

31st July, 2020
CAR PARK UPDATE – MEZZANINE LEVEL PARKING 

Redevelopment works are continuing in the car park. For the best parking, please use the mezzanine level via the Aplin Street up ramp. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deliver these improvements. If you require further assistance, please contact our Customer Service team on 07 4041 4111.

16th July, 2020
CAR PARK UPDATE – BUNDA ST ENTRIES AND EXITS 

Exciting works are progressing on our redevelopment. Construction is underway on new parking facilities including a car park express ramp that will give customers easy and direct access to the new Woolworths store upon completion.

During construction, Bunda St Upper and Lower Entries and Exits will incur slight delays from Monday, 20 July 2020. Alternative access is available through the Aplin St Ramp and Aplin St Lower Entries. For a map of current car park closures and alternative entries, see below. 

Works will be undertaken during and after trade hours to minimise disruption to local residents and customers.

To ensure customer parking remains as convenient as possible during car park works, we’re offering complimentary parking and have put in place directional signage, traffic controllers and courtesy crews to direct traffic. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deliver these improvements. If you require further assistance, please contact our Customer Service team on 07 4041 4111.

 Spence St


6th May, 2020
CAIRNS CENTRAL REDEVELOPMENT – MCLEOD STREET TEMPORARY CLOSURE

As announced, Cairns Central has embarked on a $60 million redevelopment of the Centre. These works will enable us to continue to deliver on our vision to give customers exceptional shopping experiences that reflect Cairns’ vibrant and diverse community.

Cairns Central’s redevelopment has reached an exciting milestone with construction works to the Myer end on McLeod Street to include the complete refurbishment of Myer to the ground floor.

To facilitate these works, vehicle and crane movements on McLeod Street are required which will impact pedestrian and vehicle movements. A temporary part road closure along McLeod Street from 6am-6pm will take place on the following dates:

Thursday 7th May, 2020
Friday 8th May, 2020
Wednesday 13th May, 2020
Thursday 14th May, 2020

Traffic control will be on site to minimize disruption to the local community and our customers throughout redevelopment works.

We thank you for your patience as we work to build you an even better Cairns Central.


14th March, 2020
CAR PARK CHANGES & CENTRE ACCESS UPDATE

Hey drivers, we’re ramping it up, just for you.

Cairns Central’s $60 million dollar redevelopment is progressing with construction works commencing to the new vehicle express ramp.

Vehicle access to and from Cairns Central from Spence Street will be temporarily closed from 16th March to allow construction works to commence, which will give our customers easy and direct access, to the new Woolworths store upon completion.

Alternate vehicle access to the Centre will be available via Bunda and Aplin street as shown in the map below.

Signage, traffic controllers and courtesy crews will be on site (as required) to assist customers as we implement this change.

Works will be undertaken during and after trade hours to minimise disruption to local residents and customers.

We appreciate your patience
and understanding as we deliver these improvements. If you require further assistance, please contact our Customer Service team on ph 07 4041 4111 or refer www.cairnscentral.com.au

 Spence St



12th March, 2020

Hey Cairns, this is for you

Myer – New Temporary Entrance

Attention fashionistas, we’re delivering more brands and a new look Myer just for you. 

Temporary access to Myer will be via a new ground floor entry next to the 1300 Smiles dental practice. There will be no access to Myer from level one to enable construction works to commence to the new Woolworths store. The existing Myer entrance on McLeod Street will remain open and Myer will continue to trade from the ground floor level.

To facilitate these works and ensure we continue to provide customers with a safe, enjoyable shopping environment, hoardings and directional signage will be installed along a section of both the ground floor and level one of the existing Myer at the southern end of the Centre, to enable fit out works to be carried out. 

Business is as usual for our retailers surrounding Myer.


New Travelator Installation – Southern End 

Hey Cairns, fresh new flavours are coming, just for you. 

In addition, preparations are underway for construction works to commence, to a new travelator to be installed at the southern end of the Centre, near Myer. This will replace the existing escalator providing our customers more convenience and direct access to the new Woolworths precinct.
These works will include the temporary closure of the upper and lower escalators at the southern end of the Centre near Myer from 26th February until approx. November 2020. Pedestrian access from the Mezzanine level and rooftop car park into Myer will be accessible via the pedestrian ramp at the southern entrance.
Minimising disruption to our customers is a top priority throughout redevelopment works. 


Car Park Changes & New Express Ramp Coming Soon

Hey drivers, we’re ramping it up, just for you. 

In order to progress construction of the new vehicle express ramp, vehicle access to and from Cairns Central from Spence Street will be temporarily closed from 16th March until late 2020 to allow construction works to commence, which will give customers easy and direct access to the new Woolworths store upon completion.

Alternate vehicle access to the Centre will be available via Bunda Street as shown in the map below. In addition, the car park ramp from the mezzanine level car park ramp (southern Myer end) to the Ground Floor car park will be temporarily closed. Traffic will be diverted temporarily to the rooftop car park and vehicles will exit via the Bunda Street ramp. All other access to the Centre will remain open, including Aplin Street.


Signage, traffic controllers and courtesy crews will be on site to assist customers as we implement this change.

 

Spence St

25th February, 2020
CHANGE TO ESCALATOR ACCESS – SOUTHERN END FROM 26TH FEBRUARY

Hey Cairns, more fresh, fashion and flavour is coming.

As announced, Cairns Central has embarked on a $60 million redevelopment of the Centre. As part of these exciting plans, construction works are required to be undertaken which will impact our customers temporarily. These works will enable us to continue to deliver on our vision to give customers exceptional shopping experiences that reflect Cairns’ vibrant and diverse community.

Preparations are underway for construction works to commence, to a new travelator to be installed at the southern end of the Centre, near Myer. This will replace the existing escalator providing our customers more convenience and direct access to the new Woolworths precinct.

These works will include the temporary closure of the upper and lower escalators at the southern end of the Centre near Myer from 26th February until approx. November 2020. Pedestrian access from the Mezzanine level and rooftop car park into Myer will be accessible via the pedestrian ramp at the southern entrance.

Minimising disruption to our customers is a top priority throughout redevelopment works.

For further information, please see www.cairnscentral.com.au or please contact our Customer Service team on ph 07 4041 4111.  

We thank you for your patience as we work to build you an even better Cairns Central.

 

13th February, 2020

As announced, Cairns Central has embarked on a $60 million redevelopment of the Centre. These works will enable us to continue to deliver on our vision to give customers exceptional shopping experiences that reflect Cairns’ vibrant and diverse community.

Cairns Central’s redevelopment has reached an exciting milestone with construction works to include the complete refurbishment of Myer to the ground floor, which includes Myer’s latest concept store, complete with new premium brands.

To facilitate these works and ensure we continue to provide customers with a safe, enjoyable shopping environment, hoardings will be installed along a section of both the ground floor and level one of the existing Myer at the southern end of the Centre, to enable fit out works to be carried out.

Minimising disruption to our customers is a top priority throughout redevelopment works. These works will include the following temporary measures during the period:

 

Myer entry:

  • Main entrance to Myer will temporarily be relocated to the ground floor site next to 1300 Smiles (previously Adairs).
  • No access will be available via the existing Myer entrance on the ground and level one floors from the Centre.
  • The existing Myer entrance on McLeod Street entrance will remain open.
  • Myer will trade only from the ground level as preparations for the new Woolworths store on level one commence.

Along with new brands opening, a number of stores have moved to temporary sites within the Centre so they can continue to trade during construction works of their new stores, whilst others have relocated to new sites, taking the opportunity to introduce their latest concept fit-outs to Cairns Central.

Please see below for a list of store movements:

Temporary relocations:

  • Myer, Children’s wear moved to the ground floor, centre court next to the Body Shop
  • Myer, Homewares will move to level one next to Coast Roast
  • All Sorts of Sweets will move to the ground floor next to Sportscraft to allow for the fit out of their permanent site opposite Rebel in March 

Permanent relocations:

  • Pandora has moved to the ground floor next to Witchery
  • Coast Roast has moved to level one centre court
  • Honey Birdette has moved to the ground floor next to Forever New
  • Bed, Bath & Table has moved to level one next to Ally Fashion
  • Valleygirl has moved to level one next to Famous Footwear
  • Adairs will reopen towards the end of May in a new location
  • R.M. Williams will move to a new concept store on the ground floor next to Bright Eyes from March


Our website and in-centre digital directories have been updated to reflect the above changes. If you require further assistance, please contact our Customer Service team on ph 07 4041 4111.

We thank you for your patience as we work to build you an even better Cairns Central.



18th July, 2019


Media Release - Redevelopment Announcement
Lendlease launches $60 million Cairns Central redevelopment

Lendlease today announced its much anticipated $60 million redevelopment of Cairns Central, the premiere retail destination in Far North Queensland.
The redevelopment will include:

  • the complete refurbishment of Myer, across a larger, single floor of approximately 7,500sqm with an improved retail experience and an increased number of new and exclusive brands
  • a new fresh food market hall, anchored by Woolworths, offering exciting new dining options and food retailers
  • new vehicle express ramp that will give customers easy and direct access to the fresh food market hall
  • greater parking convenience with the implementation of ticketless parking, and parking guidance system
  • new amenities including a children’s play area and additional parenting rooms
  • ambience and amenities upgrades including bathrooms, customer service desk, furnishings and finishes.

Construction will commence soon and expected to be completed in late 2020.
To stay up to date with the latest news on Cairns Central’s redevelopment, visit the Centre website www.cairnscentral.com.au or our Facebook facebook.com/cairnscentral.

Quotes attributable to Centre Manager, Christie-Lee Jackson:
“This is the first time Cairns Central has undergone a redevelopment since it originally opened more than 20 years ago.
“We’re excited to be kicking off this project that will enable us to continue to deliver on our vision to give customers exceptional shopping experiences that reflect Cairns’ vibrant and diverse community.
“Cairns Central is always looking for opportunities to enhance the centre, to meet the needs of our customers and retailers in Cairns. This exciting redevelopment will further cement our position as the largest and leading shopping centre in Far North Queensland.”

Anthony Duggan, Woolworths Regional Property Manager:
"We are thrilled to have secured one of the key retail tenancies at Cairns' premier shopping destination Cairns Central.
“From fresh fruit and vegetables to a large range of grocery items at great prices, we look forward to delivering a modern convenient supermarket that will meet the needs of the Cairns Central shoppers well into the future."

Myer Cairns Store Manager, Wayne Cosgrove:
“Myer has been a part of the Cairns community for more than 20 years and this is great news for our loyal Cairns customers, team members and, importantly, for the local community.
“Works will include the complete refurbishment of Myer across a larger, single floor with an improved retail experience and an increased number of new and exclusive brands, for local customers.
“Today’s announcement further demonstrates the strong partnership we have with Lendlease and our shared commitment to a strong and sustainable retail sector not only in Cairns, but in Australia.”

 

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