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Published August 11th 2015
What's New At Pacific Fair
I would imagine most people have been to Pacific Fair, and I think it's fair to say most people would agree it desperately needed it's planned makeover. However, since the redevelopment works started in 2014, like most people, I have actually avoided going there as many stores had gone and it's was a bit of a noisy building site.
With first stages of the work now complete, I decided to head back to see what had changed - it was great to see the old dated space now starting to look like a high-quality contemporary mall, with loads on offer and much more to come.
In the new South West Mall there are a number of new and redeveloped stores including Ahinah, Angus and Coote, Australian Skin Clinic, Bupa, City Beach, a huge new Coles, Hairhouse Warehouse, House, Just Cuts, Liquorland, Pacific Fair News, PTC Mobile Phone, QBD and Specsavers.
The walkways are very large and bright and everything looks clean, modern and chic - it has loads of comfy seating areas, with plants and flowers to add some colour. So hopefully even on really busy days, the walkways won't feel too jampacked with no room to move.
There is also a new bakery, cafe, sushi bar and pizza bar - so if you need to refuel after some serious shopping, then there are some new places to get a coffee and snack on site.
There is even a great play zone for kids, which has some rides and activities plus a huge chalkboard wall for the kids to get creative. Grab a coffee and a comfy seat, and perhaps get a 15-minute break to enjoy whilst the kids are busy.
There are loads more exciting stores to come too - although the thing I am most excited about is the indoor and outdoor leisure and entertainment precinct plus the new waterfront dining and bars - although we shall have to wait till mid 2016 for those to be complete.
It's difficult to redevelop something that is in constant use, there is always the risk of losing customers and visitors, but when complete this investment will create the largest shopping centre in Queensland and the fourth largest in Australia - great for the Gold Coast.
When it is all complete it will include feature stores David Jones, Myer, Kmart and Target as well as a new Big W, a fresh food marketplace including Coles and brand new Woolworths, 6500 parking spaces plus 420 additional shops, restaurants and entertainment destinations. If they built a hotel you could move in and never leave.
Some of the car parks and public transport stops have changed, so it's worth checking he website for changes. The car park I always used is now staff only, which meant I drove around a couple of times and had to ask directions. Best one now is if you turn off Sunshine Boulevard on to Melody Street - this is a new car park which has loads of big spaces, small car spaces and family and disabled parking. For information on how to get there and a map of parking click here.
Opening times remain the same: Monday - Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9am to 5:30pm, Thursday 9am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm.