Fresh food and well curated casual dining is a central offering in the newly redeveloped Stockland Wetherill Park, which opened three months ahead of schedule at the end of 2015.
The December completion of the $228 million redevelopment included another 5,600 square metres of retail space with 20 new fashion and homewares retailers together with The Grove, a new 800-seat indoor-outdoor casual dining precinct. The Grove’s northerly aspect with floor-to-ceiling windows, which concertina for an alfresco dining experience during fine weather, is already proving popular with diners.
The Grove features 14 new restaurants, cafes and food operators including
Fogo Brazillia, Mashita Sushi, Soul Origin,
Le Wrap, Subway and Top Juice and complements the laneway dining precinct, Kinchin Lane.
Stockland Group Executive and CEO of Commercial Property, John Schroder, said: “There is no other mall quite like Stockland Wetherill Park anywhere in Australia. It delivers an unparalleled retail experience, anchored by fresh food and fast casual dining with a modern twist on laneway-style street food vendors and entertainment.
“When we asked our customers what they wanted from their new centre, the overwhelming response was: “a place to celebrate life and culture,” explained Mr Schroder. “And after more than 30 years in Wetherill Park, we knew that a big part of the way the local community celebrates is through festivals and food, shared with friends and family, so that’s exactly what we’ve created: a new, free-flowing shopping centre where people can meet, shop, eat, socialise, be entertained and be seen.”
A new state of the art Coles supermarket forms part of the broader fresh food market upgrade at the centre. The centre has more than doubled its fresh food and casual dining offering with over 21 per cent of the retail mix now focused on food as well as also being home to the first Jamie’s Ministry of Food in NSW.
The re-fashioning of food at Stockland centres will continue as a new generation of home cooks and adventurous eaters embrace the exciting and authentic cuisine on offer and discover the pleasures of buying and cooking the best local and seasonal ingredients.
One year on and Stockland Jesmond’s alfresco casual dining precinct, Eat Street, continues to be a focal point of the centre by offering customers the right balance of home comfort and exciting local and international cuisines and flavours
“With its cosmopolitan feel and food offerings, relaxed atmosphere and customers who are passionate about food, Eat Street is the perfect home for Harry’s Schnitzel Joint. We’re trading really well since opening a year ago.”
At the heart of the food revolution in Stockland shopping centres is connecting with community and being part of a neighbourhood where people want to come and socialise with one another outside the home.