New colossus of WA retail opens its doors

Residents from Perth's south east turned out in droves on Thursday morning to the official opening of Westfield Carousel's $350 million redevelopment.

The 27,500 square-metre expansion means at 110,000sqm, Carousel is now the biggest shopping centre in WA.

The Westfield Carousel expansion officially opened on Thursday.

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It includes 70 new stores, 20 restaurants and 50 stores in the new fashion mall.

The biggest new tenant is David Jones, which was opened by model Jessica Gomes.

The department store will bring a range of firsts to the WA retail scene including spray-tanning rooms.

Scentre Group manages Westfield shopping centres, and chief executive Peter Allen said the opening was the latest flagship redevelopment for the company and demonstrated the company’s strategy to evolve shopping centres into living centres.

“We have listened to our customers in Perth and are today delivering a customer experience beyond a traditional retail destination," he said.

"Westfield Carousel is a place of discovery, which is set to continue as more retailers progressively open, connecting our customers with high-quality and memorable retail experiences as well as offering a vibrant dining, leisure and entertainment precinct to be enjoyed with friends and family."

First-to-WA retailers that will call Carousel home are JD Sports, Vans, Criniti’s, TGI Friday’s, Café63 and China Bar.

Other popular retailers were Mecca Maxima, Seed, G-Star, Sheike, Wheel&Barrow, Endota Spa, Platypus, and more to come following launch including H&M, Bardot and Strike Bowling.

Model Jessica Gomes officially opened the new David Jones.

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The existing Hoyts cinema complex has refurbished its LUX Lounge featuring a menu designed by celebrity chef, Manu Feildel.

Paid parking will remain at the centre despite controversy and backlash from shoppers and retail workers.

Westfield say the new system is, "a smarter parking system designed to ease congestion and make parking easier and more efficient for customers travelling to and from the centre."

Westfield Carousel is one of Scentre Group’s three WA centres.

Westfield Whitford City was recently redeveloped with an $80 million transformation of its dining and entertainment facilities.

There are also plans to upgrade Westfield Innaloo bringing Scentre Group’s total investment in WA between 2017 – 2022 to about $1 billion.

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