Garden City set for expansion
Garden City set for expansion

Garden City Booragoon is on the way to becoming WA's biggest shopping centre after securing approval from the WA Planning Commission for its $750 million expansion.

AMP Capital, which owns the 77,220sqm shopping centre, said the structure plan approval would allow the centre to grow to 120,000sqm, creating space for new retailers and integrating the complex into its surrounding activity centre.

The proposed redevelopment will include a new restaurant precinct, an expanded David Jones store, new format retailers, a supermarket and fresh food precinct and space for a discount department store.

With shopping centres moving away from traditional formats and blending into activity centres, AMP Capital State development manager Scott Nugent said the development plans would also include a new main street linking the centre with the City of Melville headquarters, a town square and newly located Hoyts cinema, office space and an initial batch of 120 apartments.

Mr Nugent said AMP secured the first activity centre structure plan at its Ocean Keys Shopping Centre but the Garden City structure plan was the biggest approval to date in WA.

"We think the commission's strategy aligns with our business strategy around residential, commercial and enhanced public transport and access as well as getting some international retail," Mr Nugent said.

"Leasing talks have started with prospective retail tenants to anchor the new space, and also with existing tenants."

Mr Nugent said shopping centre expansion would also help retailers combat online shopping.

"There's a lot of leakage from WA to online and overseas because the retail centres are smaller and can't cater for some of the new format tenants," he said.

AMP Capital plans to submit a development application to the City of Melville this year and expects the redevelopment to start in mid-2016.

Garden City is rated as Australia's third most successful shopping centre in dollars spent on specialty sales per square metre.

The expansion will allow Garden City to leapfrog bigger centres Westfield Carousel and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, where an expansion is due to finish later this year.

AMP will partner with the TRG Group on the apartments.

The West Australian

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