Grand Central has expanded Toowoomba’s shopping options to a scale never before seen in the city. The $500 million redevelopment doubled the centre to 90,000sq m, bringing another 160 stores and specialty retailers under one roof to the heart of the CBD.
The former Village Fair shopping centre was demolished to make way for the expansion.
The final façade was inspired by Toowoomba’s civic architecture, its tradition of masonry and stone buildings, and its scale and proportions. The interior is designed to be an expression of the charm and character of the city it serves.
Grand Central is also the first commercial development extending over a rail line in Queensland since 1983.
The two-level retail galleria with H&M, L’Occitane and Mecca Maxima opened in September 2016, with progressive openings up until the final build completion in October 2017. Iconic stores such as Myer remain as tenants.
WHAT’S ON OFFER?
While fashion department stores, shoes, make-up and accessories dominate the retail area, the fast food precinct offers outlets including Betty’s Burgers, Schnitz, Yum Cha and Max Brenner.
As well as food, fashion, homewares and shops like K-Mart and Rebel Sport, the design of Grand Central incorporates a sprawling outdoor community space with a large staircase into the centre that lights up at night.
Public art also adorns the centre from artists including Melbourne’s street-artist Rone.
Great shopping continues outside of Grand Central with plenty of outstanding local hairdressers, clothing stores, homewares, comic book shops and other retailers brightening Ruthven and Margaret Streets in the CBD. Other major shopping and convenience centres include:
- Grand Central Shopping Centre, Margaret Street
- The Ridge Shopping Centre, Hume Street
- Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre, James Street and Anzac Avenue
- K-Mart Plaza, Ruthven Street
- Hooper Centre, Hume Street
- The Range Shopping Centre, James Street
- Wilsonton Shopping Centre, Bridge Street
- Northpoint Shopping Centre, Ruthven and Jones Streets
- Highfields Village Shopping Centre, Highfields Road and Lauder Drive