DFO Jindalee has confirmed approval of its development application by Brisbane City Council for a six screen Reading Cinemas complex and a new dining precinct as part of the centre’s $15 million redevelopment.
Scheduled to open in June 2020, the Reading Cinemas will feature a 242-seat theatre and will be positioned alongside a new external dining precinct featuring restaurants, cafes and additional green, planted spaces. Development spokesperson Director of Asset Management for Chesterton’s Michael Tree said the centre owners were pleased with the approval. “The vital role [the approval] plays in changing the existing centre from an outlets-only focus to a community hub tailored to local entertainment, meeting-place and dining needs,” he said. “For the first time since it was created in 2007, DFO Jindalee will cater to the local community’s needs when the redevelopment is complete in mid-2020, and will be a destination for customers as far away as Ipswich and the Darling Downs, based purely on its outlet retail offering.”
Additionally to the new entertainment and dining precinct, the redeveloped centre will feature a range of initiatives including upgraded parents’ room facilities that will double in size, more green spaces for adults and children, a simplified circuit layout and an increase in natural light, making it a much more enjoyable experience for local shoppers.
Preliminary work has begun and some retailers have had to be relocated as part of the redevelopment.The redevelopment will be done in stages to allow for as much continuous trade by existing retailers as possible, and to minimise disruption to the customers. The first stage is planned to add a BCF store in the centre as well as new retailers that havent been revealed. DFO favourites will remain with the likes of Nike staying on throughout the development. The redevelopment is expected to provide shoppers with an array of exciting new retailers and a better shopping experience.
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