Westfield West City

Westfield WestCity is a major regional shopping centre located in Henderson, a suburb of Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand, 15.9 kilometres (9.9 mi) west of the Auckland CBD. It is immediately adjacent to Waitakere Mega Centre, an integrated bulk retail centre, and is in direct competition with Lynnmall in New Lynn and another Westfield Group centre Westfield St Lukes in Morningside.

The centre has a current catchment area of 174,340 persons, and annual turnover at the centre for 2006 was $161.1 m NZD with 8.5 million visitors per year.

History and development

The shopping centre had its origins in the 1960s, when the Henderson Borough Council established it, with the first stage opened in 1968, with a Woolworth's store as the main tenant. The second and third stages followed by 1970, and by 1974 the centre rivalled LynnMall in size. In 1997, St Lukes Group redeveloped the centre and renamed it WestCity Shopping Centre, a name Westfield kept (plus the standardised 'Westfield' prefix) after purchase of the property. In 2000, Westfield began a 16-month, $80 million redevelopment program. The result was the first "Street" entertainment and leisure precinct in New Zealand, launched at WestCity in July 2001.

In a 2008 rating of New Zealand shopping centres by a retail expert group, Westfield WestCity received three out of four stars based on the criteria of amount of shopping area, economic performance, amenity and appeal as well as future growth prospects.

Transport

The centre is accessible via the nearby Henderson Train Station and by bus services from Britomart Transport Centre and New Lynn Train Station.

Facilities

The centre contains the SkyCity 8-screen cinemas.

Major retailers

Major retailers operating within the shopping centre include;

  • Farmers
  • The Warehouse
  • Countdown
Major food restaurants

Major food retailers within the centre include:

  • Burger King
  • McDonalds
  • Nando's