IN THE NEWS: Toombul launches new assault in shopping centre revamp war: It’s amazing

Courier Mail. 10 Feb 2019

Toombul Shopping Centre will undergo a $35 million revamp, adding what developers are calling “a first-of-its kind, urban dining and entertainment experience”.

Mirvac, who bought the centre in 2016, has put the centre through a phase of upgrades, but this one takes the cake.

Open by the end of the year, the redevelopment — called UPSTAIRS at Toombul — will add up to 10 new eateries, a refurbished art-house cinema and a funky new “circus-slash-arcade bar” Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq.

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq’s venues in Sydney’s Alexandria and Melbourne’s Docklands are a neon-light filled fun factory of arcade games, laser tag, bowling, virtual reality games, bumper cars and cinema, eatery and a cocktail bar, featuring wacky signature drinks mixing lollies, whipped cream and alcohol.

Toombul Centre Manager, Melanie Hodge said “dining at UPSTAIRS is about more than just food, it’s a fully immersive experience”.

“Our customers have been craving something new and exciting. They want more than just a place to shop, they want stimulating experiences and eateries. Toombul will become the place for people to socialise, be entertained and indulged,” Ms Hodge said.

Toombul, which opened in 1967, has Coles, Kmart, Target and Aldi, more than 110 specialty stores and an eight-screen BCC Cinema Complex. A decade ago, media reports told of tough times for retail tenants at the centre. Major retailers such as David Jones vacated the centre in 2011. Since taking over Toombul, Mirvac has spent more than $10 million upgrading the centre and also attracted two major retailers, Bunnings and Pet Barn.

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