- Frasers Property Australia’s Eastern Creek Quarter will not open on Thursday 19 March as planned
- Woolworths Eastern Creek to be temporarily converted into an online store
- Centre to open when COVID-19 situation stabilises
SYDNEY, 18 MARCH 2020
Frasers Property Australia has today announced that the planned opening of Eastern Creek Quarter, a brand new 10,000 sqm retail centre in Western Sydney, will not proceed tomorrow.
Eastern Creek Quarter (ECQ) was due to open tomorrow, Thursday 19 March at 9am, anchored by a 3,800 sqm full-line Woolworths supermarket plus 43 additional retail stores.
Woolworths advised Frasers Property today that, given an extraordinary level of demand for groceries across the country in recent weeks, they will temporarily convert Woolworths Eastern Creek into an online store and will not be open to the public – continuing to operate, but only to service online deliveries. This decision will allow Woolworths to help more people get access to the products they need, and by prioritising online orders Woolworths will be responding to the most vulnerable in the community first.
Because of this, Frasers Property has made the decision not to open Eastern Creek Quarter at this time.
“To open a neighbourhood shopping centre without the anchor tenant creates an unsustainable trading environment for the other retailers, even in usual circumstances. In these extraordinary circumstances, to open would not be in anyone’s best interests”, said Peri Macdonald, Executive General Manager Retail, for Frasers Property Australia.
“Eastern Creek Quarter was completed, stocked and staffed with enthusiastic retailers and ready to provide the goods and services this community needs, so this decision has not been taken lightly.
“However, we recognise that these are extraordinary times and we acknowledge Woolworths’ unique responsibility to the Australian community at large, and the difficult decisions that may arise from that responsibility,” says Mr Macdonald.
“We look forward to opening the centre in partnership with Woolworths and our magnificent community of ECQ retailers at a more appropriate time.
“Obviously the COVID-19 pandemic is a highly fluid event affecting retailers and communities across Australia. We will continue to monitor the local situation, remaining ready, willing and able to open this valuable community asset as soon as possible,” added Mr Macdonald.
About Eastern Creek Quarter
The first stage of ECQ covers approximately 10,000 sqm of gross lettable area.
Eastern Creek Quarter will be anchored by a 3,800 sqm Woolworths supermarket and feature an Australian-first ‘revolving retail’ concept, part of a new dining and entertainment precinct called ECQ Social.
ECQ will feature a BWS, Bonds Outlet, Goodfellas Barber Shop, Hair & Co, Little Prince Flower Shop, Planet Mobile, Fonesolution, CTC Newsagent and Red Dollar, and a car wash.
There will be a comprehensive health, wellbeing and beauty offer, with Choice Pharmacy, Live Well Health Clubs gym, Neo Body Laser Clinic, Lee’s Massage & Acupuncture, Blush Nails & Beauty, Smile Dental Co and Max Care medical centre to serve the growing Eastern Creek community.
For the revolving tenancies at ECQ Social, Frasers Property has attracted a diverse and delicious line up of concepts run by western Sydney locals including Vietnamese operator Pho Ever, Thai Master, Croatian concept Marijan’s Grill, kebab specialist Middle East Feast, Desi Hatti Street Food Indian cuisine and the Filipino-dessert inspired Hanmade’s Bakehouse.
With covered and alfresco seating and integrating the revolving street food tenancies with permanent dining choices, ECQ Social will also feature an outdoor deck, kids play area and large format outdoor digital screen.
Other food retailers at ECQ include Fishery & Co, Bakers Choice, Noodle Paradise, Pizza by Slice, Redly Chicken, Sir Manong, Burger Point, Baked & Co, Sushi Hub, Gotcha Fresh Tea, Paradise Charcoal Chicken, The Chocolate Room, The Shed Café and ECQ Fruit World, rounding out a fresh food and dining offer unlike anything else in western Sydney.
Reflecting its high-profile Western Sydney Parklands location, ECQ is a global leader in environmental sustainability. Stage 1 has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, representing world leadership. The centre features 1 MW of solar panels, a 200 kL onsite rainwater tank, water management features to capture and re-use water for irrigation and amenities purposes, extensive landscaping and trees in the external carpark area, bicycle parking facilities, internal landscaping and greenery and more.
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