More than two years of parking pain and shopping frustration for western suburbers are drawing to a close as the lavishly refurbed Indooroopilly Shopping Centre increasingly reveals its new personality. Today a bunch of new shops opened their doors, including the very spiffy David Jones spread over two floors, joining numerous others which have taken off their wraps over the past year.
An upgraded Target and KMart were early starters while a section of a gourmet food precinct opened last year. For the seriously caffeine addicted a very fancy Coles with its own coffee shop, and shopping trolleys fitted for take-away coffees and smart phones, followed last month.
My first memory of Indro, as it is affectionately known, is from 1970 when, after three years working in London and travelling in Europe and the Middle East, I returned to Brisbane and was shown from the vantage point of Mt Coot-tha the sprawling Westfield Indooroopilly Shoppingtown that had sprung up in my absence. From memory it has gone through one other facelift and a change in owners since that time. This latest iteration has increased its size by one-third and to 340 shops at a cost of around $450 million.
The precinct won’t just lure us with acres of marble, chandeliers, luxury boutiques such as Ted Baker, Mimco, Saba, Boss and Lululemon, and other favourites such as Rebel Sport and Kathmandu, it will also tempt with a selection of tantalising restaurants including Harajuku Gyoza and Nantucket.