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Downtown Shopping Centre

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Location  Auckland CBD
No. of stores and services  86
Downtown Shopping Centre
Opening date  30 April 1975 (30 April 1975)
Closing date  28 May 2016 (28 May 2016)
Management  Colliers International Real Estate Management
Owner  Precinct Properties New Zealand

Downtown Shopping Centre, formerly Westfield Downtown, was a smaller shopping centre with 12,417 m² gross lettable area in the Auckland CBD, Auckland City, New Zealand. It was situated at 11–19 Customs Street West between Lower Albert Street and the Britomart Transport Centre. In late 2012, it was sold by Westfield to Precinct Properties Holdings New Zealand Limited, formerly AMP NZ Office Limited (ANZO). It closed on 28 May 2016 and by 23 November had been demolished. A highrise is planned for the site, and the future City Rail Link will go through the foundations of that building.

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Shopping centre

The centre (opened 30 April 1975) had approximately 80 stores on three floors, with the three major stores being The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery and Postie Plus. It was one of the few Westfield Group malls that did not provide a supermarket, but was also the only proper mall in the entire CBD area. It was also known for being covered almost completely by huge exterior billboards, which repeatedly drew the ire of Council officers.

In 2005, the centre had retail sales of NZ$56.9 million, and 5.8 million customer visits per year. These were mostly CBD workers, tourists and the growing inner-city population. However, the centre had been called Westfield's most underperforming shopping centre in New Zealand. Lying in the middle of a much more densely built up CBD and being considered underdeveloped with only three storeys above ground, various other plans for the site were mooted during its latter years. The centre was valued at NZ$79.1 million (2009 data).

Planned skyscraper

In 2008, Westfield received approval via non-notified resource consent for a 41 storey office skyscraper (including a 2 level retail podium) on the site. The permission came under fire, as it was granted without protection requirements for a future rail tunnel from Britomart Transport Centre, which would have to pass under the building. However, in October 2008, ONTRACK noted that it had reached an agreement in principle with the owners of Westfield Downtown to allow the tunnel route to be threaded through the future foundations.

The Downtown Shopping Centre closed on 28 May 2016 and by 23 November had been demolished. It will be replaced with a 36-storey skyscraper which will include a new shopping centre in the lower levels. Auckland Council and proprietors Precinct Properties struck a deal to include tunnels for the City Rail Link directly underneath the premises.

References

Downtown Shopping Centre Wikipedia


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