Werribee Plaza
Werribee Plaza is a major regional shopping centre located in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria, Australia. Despite being situated in Hoppers Crossing, the shopping centre is Werribee Plaza due to old zoning. It serves the rapidly growing suburbs of Hoppers Crossing, Werribee, Wyndham Vale, Point Cook and Tarneit. It has a widespread single-floored layout with two food courts, one at each end. It also contains an external cinema complex operated by Regent Cinemas. It houses the second-smallest Myer store in Victoria, filling the size of the old Harris Scarfe store at 5000 m². Other anchors include Big W, Coles, K-Mart, Woolworths and JB Hi-Fi. It is one of the largest shopping centres in Melbourne's western suburbs. Plans are on the cards to expand Werribee Plaza by almost double its size. This is due for completion in 2012.

Werribee Plaza opened in 1985 at a initial cost of A$25 million (1985) (A$59.5 million (2009)) with a Super K-Mart (Which was later split into separate Coles and Kmart stores), a market area, McEwans hardware store and a Billy Guyatts electronics store (which later became a World4Kids, then a Baby Target). In 2000, vacant land was cleared for an expansion to Werribee Plaza. This expansion included a new unattached building next to the existing centre and included a Big W discount department store, Woolworths supermarket, a Harris Scarfe department store, a Best & Less clothing retailer and new specialty shops. From approximately mid 2004 to early 2005, the Kmart was relocated from its original retail space into a newly reconstructed area in the old market area. This allowed construction of a new mall to link the two separate buildings into a fully integrated centre. In 2007, the Harris Scarfe store was brought by and subsequently converted to a small format Myer department store, which opened on July 18, 2007. In recent years, the rapid growth of surrounding suburbs has put increased pressure on the plaza, and as such, an expansion is currently planned to increase retail and parking capacity at the plaza, to accommodate the growing population of Wyndham area.

Proposed major expansion
A masterplan for a large scale two stage expansion of the plaza has been developed.

Stage 1
Stage one of expansion will involve:
  • An additional 29,000 m 2 (310,000 sq ft) gross leasable area which includes:
    • 25,000 m 2 (270,000 sq ft) for retail space.
    • 4,000 m 2 (43,000 sq ft) for other uses.
  • A new 12,000 m 2 (130,000 sq ft) two level full-line Myer department store.
  • Additional speciality stores located in a new mall to be constructed in parallel to the existing mall.
  • Creation of an entertainment zone based around the cinema which will incorporate restaurants and non-retail uses such as leisure facilities and a new public space.
  • Relocated library and tavern.
  • Basement level car parking.
  • A new public transport interchange with enclosed air coniditoned waiting areas and improved bus priority.
Overall stage one works will bring the gross leasable area of the plaza to approximately 100,000 m 2 (1,100,000 sq ft) and is set to be completed by 2012.

Stage 2
Stage two of expansion would provide:
  • An additional 36,000 m 2 (390,000 sq ft) gross leasable area which includes:
    • 27,000 m 2 (290,000 sq ft) for retail space.
    • 9,000 m 2 (97,000 sq ft) for other uses.
  • A third discount department store.
  • A second department store.
  • The creation of a new second level of specialty shop mall space.
  • Additional non-retail uses.
  • Further improvements to integrate the community uses of the library, medical and service uses into the plaza.
Overall stage one works will bring the gross leasable area of the plaza to approximately 137,000 m 2 (1,470,000 sq ft) with a total of approximately 6200 car parking spaces and is not set to commence construction until at least 2016, provided a second regional centre has had time to establish itself in the surrounding area before stage 2 development would be allowed to commence.


Major anchors
The following major anchors operate within the centre:
  • Myer department store (cosmetics, clothing and homewares only. Formerly a Harris Scarfe). 5,000 m 2 (54,000 sq ft)
  • Kmart discount department store.
  • Big W discount department store.
  • Coles supermarket- 18 Aisles
  • Woolworths supermarket- 13 Aisles
  • Village Cinemas10 screen cinema multiplex.

Minor anchors
The following minor anchors operate within the centre:
  • JB Hi-Fi electrical and computer store.
  • Adairs bedding and homewares store.
  • Best & Less clothing store.
  • Rebel Sport sporting goods store.

Werribee Plaza provides parking for around 3400 vehicles and is serviced by 8 bus routes and taxis.

Adjoining the Plaza to the north is a two-level multideck carpark (one level undercover). Open air ground level parking fully surrounds the plaza, which is serviced by multiple plaza entrances and access roads.

Public transport
Werribee Plaza is directly serviced by 8 regular bus routes (413, 436, 437, 442, 444, 445, 446, 448), with bus stops located near the Big W / Best & Less entrance on the southern side of the centre. A taxi rank is also located near the bus stops.

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