City Centres $25M Touch of Europe


THE new owners of Rundle Mall’s City Cross shopping complex have provided a
sneak peak at their planned $25m upgrade.

Footwear and fashion retailer Vans will set up a flagship store in the upgraded
complex, while women’s fashion retailer Sheike will launch its first
bricks and mortar outlet in Adelaide.

The project, led by Western Sydney property group Revelop, will be
submitted for approval early next month, with construction expected to
start early next year. It will deliver more than 500 jobs during construction.

Revelop paid property developer Con Makris $60m to take over the centre earlier
this year, with a “clear vision to reinvent the entire visitor experience”, Revelop
managing director Charbel Hazzouri said.

“This is a location with enormous potential,” he said. “We will harness that to
create a vibrant and modern landmark destination. “Vans and Sheike will both
join City Cross with flagship stores and Dumpling House, another new addition, will be
the first of its kind in the CBD.

These really set the bar for exciting new retail opportunities.”

As part of the new design, the centre’s facade at both the Rundle Mall and Grenfell
St entry points will be replaced with a series of brick arches.

The interior will be transformed with open-plan spaces using terrazzo, natural
brickwork and white oak timber. Architect Paul Harrison, from Buchan, said the design
had taken inspiration from precincts such as Pitt St Mall in Sydney, Collins St in
Melbourne, and fashion precincts across Europe.

“By thinking about the users, the city workers, the families, the weekenders –
we designed a space to meet their needs, and to offer them a memorable
experience at the centre of Rundle Mall,” he said.

The revamped centre will have space for more than 70 retail tenants, will feature a
boutique food hall and will offer refurbished office space for 10 new tenants in the
connected office component of the building.

Jeweller Archer & Holland will expand its store.