At one time, it was commonly believed that Roselands Shopping Centre in suburban Sydney would become to Sydney what Chadstone is to Melbourne (i.e., practically a second CBD in terms of retail and entertainment). Unfortunately, that never came to pass, and while other centres in its vicinity have expanded and flourished, Roselands remains relatively small in comparison.
As I recall, Westpoint Shopping Centre in Blacktown was in that same position before it was finally redeveloped in the mid-2000s. Until then, it was losing $500 million worth of business per annum to its larger counterparts, and had its expansion not occurred, it’s very likely that the centre may not have survived.
In 2015, meanwhile, I’m convinced that Roselands Shopping Centre will face oblivion if any plans to expand are rejected. With the much larger Bankstown Central – which is managed by the same corporation (Vicinity Centres, formed by the merging of Federation Centres and Novion Property Group) – being close by, and since Bankstown Central also has Myer and Target stores (and then some), some cannibalisation has to be occurring, with Roselands on the painful end of it.
So when I read about the centre’s ambitious redevelopment scheme on its website, I liked what I saw. So much so that I’ve decided to post the floor plans right here for your viewing pleasure.
For the sake of its very survival, I certainly hope that this expansion goes ahead, with or without a residential component thereto. In fact, I’m so confident that it’ll happen that I’ve decided to change another one of my earlier Myer store closure predictions. Instead of the Roselands store going, the Bankstown one could be closed instead, and since Bankstown Central doesn’t have a Coles supermarket therein, one could easily replace Myer on Level 1. And if the folks at Harris Scarfe ever seek to gain a foothold in Sydney with full-line department stores, as opposed to the three HS Home stores they’ve opened in Greater Sydney thus far, replacing Myer on Level 2 would do them the world of good.
Speaking of Harris Scarfe, since there’s still no indication that Casuarina Square in Darwin will be expanded any time soon, would taking over and sprucing up this notorious eyesore – the former Woolworths site in the Darwin CBD – be an option for them, perhaps?