When you think of grabbing some retail therapy time on the north coast, one place is sure to come to mind… Sunshine Plaza. The largest shopping centre on the coast, the Plaza opened in 1994 to everybody’s praise. Offering the largest and most diverse variety of specialty stores you can meander around 220 specialty stores including the biggies like Best & Less, Coles, Kmart, Myer and Target.
Then you can top of your day out by chilling out at Birch Carroll and Coyle in one of their 12 Cinemas. For these looking for a little more leisure and entertainment, there’s the Riverwalk along the Cornmeal Creek waterway. Tavern, restaurants and paddle boats for hire for the entire family to enjoy.
However in the near future Sunshine Plaza is about to undergo a massive redevelopment, reaffirming its position as the biggest and best shopping experience along the coastal strip.
In a recent media release Lend Lease, applauded the Sunshine Coast Council’s decision to approve the $350 million expansion of Sunshine Plaza. Gary Horwitz, Head of Retail – Development and Asset Management for Lend Lease welcomed the decision. “The approval of the Development Application brings us a step closer to delivering an enhanced retail, dining and entertainment experience at Sunshine Plaza. “Council’s decision presents us with an opportunity to position Sunshine Plaza as a vibrant community hub and we are looking forward to working with Council, our retailers and residents as the remaining milestones to permit the commencement of this exciting redevelopment are satisfied,” Gary said.
The redevelopment proposes 120 additional specialty stores, a further 1,500 car spaces, an expansion of the current Myer and the region’s first David Jones Department Store.
Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson said the expansion of Sunshine Plaza is a vote of confidence in the region’s retail future and he welcomed the investment. “The Sunshine Coast is undergoing a remarkable economic transformation with work underway on the region’s biggest infrastructure project – the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, planning well progressed for the new Maroochydore CBD and the airport expansion at the EIS stage. “The Sunshine Plaza expansion in the Maroochydore city centre is another important part of that picture, and along the way it will create confidence, jobs and a high quality retail experience for residents and visitors.”
Sunshine Plaza has also had a big heart when it comes to giving back to its community. As can be seen in their an ongoing collaboration with the Sunshine Coast TAFE to promote emerging design students.
Under the Fashion Incubator banner, this initiative supports local designer by providing an outlet for their fashion in the form of an interactive pop-up market. It comes to life on the first weekend of every month on level 1 outside of Myer. The market provides an environment for local students to get real world retail experience in the fashion business as well as providing great exposure for their own labels. Why not take some time for a visit, you never know you may end up buying something very unique from a designer of the future, without the high end of town price tag!
Just another great part of our
Sunshine Coast lifestyle.