How all shopping tastes will be catered for at new Plaza
IN just a few weeks, the transformation of the Sunshine Coast's most popular shopping centre will begin.
What is now a concrete car park off Millwell Road, near the multi-level Myer car park will be transformed into the new mall area.
Australia's oldest department store, David Jones, has officially announced it is going to open its first Sunshine Coast store at the Sunshine Plaza in time for 2018's spring sales.
The new 8000sqm store is going to have the same bold and contemporary design that saw Eastland David Jones in Melbourne named the best department store in the world.
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But it's not only those interested in high fashion will be thrilled when the $400 million redevelopment is finished in Spring 2018.
Woolworths has also announced it will brings it big, budget department store Big W into the heart of Maroochydore.
Big W will develop its 6,500 sqm new store, employing 120 people, underneath David Jones at the end of the new development, where the car park is off Millwell Road.
None of the other tenants for the 100 plus stores have yet been confirmed.
Sunshine Plaza manager Michael Manwaring took the Daily on a tour to unveil what will be going where as the new development progresses.
The first changes, which will begin in a matter of weeks, will be to the dust patch used as a car park behind Toys R Us.
This will become an interim car park as major changes to the existing form of Sunshine Plaza begin to take shape.
The next stage will be to develop a multi-level car park near K Mart.
The multi-level Myer car park will then be worked on for the shape and format of the new mall to begin.
Mr Manwaring said where the upstairs lifts where in Myer would become "an entrance to the new mall".
The existing Myer car park would become smaller to make way for a new Myer, but would increase in size to five stories.
In previous plans submitted to the Sunshine Coast Council, David Jones was going to occupy the existing K Mart site.
This is no longer the case with David Jones moving to the the end of the new mall, which extends along Cornmeal Creek, in an area that is yet to be developed.
A David Jones spokeswoman said its first store on the Sunshine Coast would feature the same internationally awarded bold and contemporary designed featured at Pacific Fair, Gold Coast, Wellington, New Zealand and Eastland in Melbourne.
Eastland was named the best new department store globally in the Retail Design Institute's prestigious international Store Design Competition..
The spokeswoman said central to the design was the was enhancement of the customer experience with inspiring spaces and dynamic visual merchandising.
"The new store will offer an unrivalled mix of fashion, beauty, accessories and home with a product assortment curated specifically to suit the local customer along with a range pf premium services including Click & Collect and Personal Styling."
There will be a chance to take a break from all that shopping and have coffee and something to eat with the store including the new cafe concept, the David Jones Cafe.
And there will be little worries of having to cope with self-service till as David Jones plans to implement its new "re-energised customer service model at Sunshine Plaza"
This will include an "increased focus on full time sales professionals and category experts who will provide an enhanced shopping experience with product knowledge across multiple brands".
David Jones Chief Executive Officer John Dixon said he was pleased to be coming to the Coast.
"Queensland is an important market for us and we are pleased to be opening our first store on the Sunshine Coast," he said.
"This is a thriving and vibrant region with a discerning customer base made up of locals and a growing number of interstate and international visitors.
"We look forward to bringing a world class shopping experience to these customers and being part of the transformed Sunshine Plaza centre."
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the announcement and said the development would send a further signal to domestic and global markets about the Sunshine Coast being an ideal location to invest.
"This investment is welcomed by our council and shows the high level of confidence that is growing in the Sunshine Coast," Cr Jamieson said.
"This important project for the Sunshine Coast will contribute to the impetus and growth that we are seeking to drive in our economy.
"Across the region, we are seeing an unprecedented wave of public and private investment occurring.
"This is great news for our community as we see more local job opportunities and greater access to facilities and services."