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Published December 14th 2016
A Shopping Precinct with Specialty Shops and a Special Feel
WHO - WESTFIELD WARRINGAH MALL
In October 2016 the 'new' Warringah Mall, Pittwater Rd., Brookvale, was unveiled. It has been updated, modernised and designed with the customer's needs in mind. What does that mean for you? On a recent visit, I was pleasantly surprised with the additional wing of shops at the western or Myer-end of the palatial development.
Previously famous for its limited parking space, the redevelopment has given the shopper over a 1000 more car spaces. Plus, the centre has been revamped to reveal high ceilings, 'living areas' which provide ample casual seating, wide uncluttered thoroughfares for pedestrians, and a rain-forest feel with the addition of mass plantings of palms, ferns and planter boxes.
60 new brands have been added to Myer Warringah, and 70 new to the mall, including 'Lush', Australian-made skincare, international 'H & M', 'Glue', and 'Harry Hartog', Booksellers. 'Harry Hartog' has also included a second-hand book section outside the actual shop-front and its own casual seating, allowing you to make yourself right at home.
New eateries include 'Thrive', an innovative new coffee shop offering a menu that's entirely gluten-free food, locally and ethically sourced. Plus, just outside Woolworths and part of the food-hall is 'The Grocer's Pantry', a providore of high quality and seasonal fruit and vegetables - my favourite kind.
I'm not usually a fan of huge maze-like shopping centres, but the rejuvenation of the biggest shopping mall on the northern beaches of Sydney has been done a success in my eyes. The atmosphere is light, airy and spacious, with a nice mix of department stores and independent retailers. And I'm also impressed with the new management in MYER who have collaborated with the local TAFE in Old Pittwater Road and provided a selling platform and showcase for graduate students of ceramics and pottery courses, stocking their final works of art for sale. Good on you Myer.