Scentre Group was created in June 2014 when the Westfield Group separated its American and European businesses from its operations in Australia and New Zealand. It is one of the world’s leading shopping centre companies with retail destinations operating under the Westfield brand in Australia and New Zealand. The corporation undertakes ownership, development, design, construction, funds/asset management, property management, leasing, and marketing activities for its centres. The company is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and has a shopping centre portfolio that includes investment interests in 43 shopping centres across Australia and New Zealand, encompassing around 12,544 retail outlets and total assets under management in excess of A$39.4 billion.
The Scentre Group has origins in the western suburbs of Sydney. The first development was named "Westfield Place", and opened in July 1959 in Blacktown. The name Westfield is derived from "west" related to the West-Sydney location, and "field" due to having located on subdivided farmland. John Saunders and Frank Lowy opened the centre.
The company was floated on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1960 and built another five centres in New South Wales before expanding into Victoria and Queensland in 1966-67.
The expansion into the United States began with the purchase of the Trumbull Shopping Park in Connecticut in 1977, and was followed by three centres in California, Michigan, and Connecticut in 1980 and three centres in California, New Jersey and Long Island, New York in 1986. In 1994, Westfield joined together with General Growth and Whitehall Real Estate to purchase 19 centres for US$1 billion. Westfield seems to form clusters of centres around particular cities or within a small number of states. The company built considerable holdings on the east coast and in California before expanding in the Mid-West. By 2005, the company owned centres in 15 US states.
In the 1990s, Westfield began a major expansion to New Zealand, where it mostly bought existing shopping centres of the Fletchers Company, and progressively rebranded them. Only in 2007, with Westfield Albany, the company opened a fully new centre in the country.
In April 2012, it was announced that the Westfield Group would sell seven 'non-core' property assets to Starwood Capital Group for A$1 billion and one other property to an undisclosed buyer for A$147 million. The funds would be used to repay debt and invest in businesses offering higher return. The sales were expected completed by November 2013.
In June 2014, Westfield Group, one of the world’s largest shopping centre companies, restructured to create two, new independent companies: Scentre Group and Westfield Corporation. Scentre Group was created to own and manage the company’s interests in Australia and New Zealand. The Westfield Corporation owns and manages Westfield shopping centres in the United States and the United Kingdom. Although Westfield Group has evolved into two separate companies, the consumer branding will remain the same for Scentre Groups shopping centre portfolio.
In addition to transforming Westfield shopping centres in Sydney, Bondi Junction, and Queensland, Scentre Group is developing centres in Miranda in Sydney and Mt Gravatt in Brisbane. Chermside in Brisbane and Marion in Adelaide are development projects the company will be starting in 2015.
Scentre Group currently has interests in total assets worth A$38.6 billion, owning 43 shopping malls in Australia and New Zealand − with over 3.8 million square meters of retail space. The company is also currently building centres in Miranda in Sydney and Mt Gravatt in Brisbane.
Having been established in Australia, with its original premises being at Blacktown, the Scentre Group continues to operate a large number of shopping centres in Australia under the Westfield brand.
|Centre name||Location||Total retail floor area|
|Westfield Belconnen||Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory||94,718||1,019,536|
|Westfield Woden||Woden Valley, Australian Capital Territory||72,292||778,145|
|Westfield Bondi Junction||Bondi Junction, New South Wales||127,716||1,374,724|
|Westfield Burwood||Burwood, New South Wales||63,319||681,560|
|Westfield Chatswood||Chatswood, New South Wales||77,107||829,973|
|Westfield Eastgardens||Eastgardens, New South Wales||85,085||915,847|
|Westfield Hornsby||Hornsby, New South Wales||99,953||1,075,885|
|Westfield Hurstville||Hurstville, New South Wales||62,542||673,196|
|Westfield Kotara||Kotara, New South Wales||68,491||737,231|
|Westfield Liverpool||Liverpool, New South Wales||85,199||917,074|
|Westfield Miranda||Miranda, New South Wales||107,929||1,161,738|
|Westfield Mount Druitt||Mount Druitt, New South Wales||60,190||647,880|
|Westfield Parramatta||Parramatta, New South Wales||137,321||1,478,111|
|Westfield Penrith||Penrith, New South Wales||91,690||986,943|
|Westfield Sydney||Sydney CBD, New South Wales||167,975||1,808,068|
|Westfield Tuggerah||Tuggerah, New South Wales||83,391||897,613|
|Westfield Warringah Mall||Brookvale, New South Wales||126,634||1,363,077|
|Westfield Carindale||Carindale, Queensland||135,496||1,458,467|
|Westfield Chermside||Chermside, Queensland||150,927||1,624,565|
|Westfield Garden City||Mount Gravatt, Queensland||98,651||1,061,871|
|Westfield Helensvale||Helensvale, Queensland||44,626||480,350|
|Westfield North Lakes||North Lakes, Queensland||61,428||661,205|
|Westfield Marion||Oaklands Park, South Australia||135,241||1,455,722|
|Westfield Tea Tree Plaza||Modbury, South Australia||93,974||1,011,528|
|Westfield West Lakes||West Lakes, South Australia||72,823||783,860|
|Westfield Airport West||Airport West, Victoria||123,190||1,326,006|
|Westfield Doncaster||Doncaster, Victoria||123,190||1,326,006|
|Westfield Fountain Gate||Narre Warren, Victoria||174,900||1,882,608|
|Westfield Geelong||Geelong, Victoria||51,643||555,881|
|Westfield Knox||Wantirna South, Victoria||141,934||1,527,765|
|Westfield Plenty Valley||Mill Park, Victoria||53,845||579,583|
|Westfield Southland||Cheltenham, Victoria||129,167||1,390,342|
|Westfield Carousel||Cannington, Western Australia||82,370||886,623|
|Westfield Innaloo||Innaloo, Western Australia||47,461||510,866|
|Westfield Whitford City||Hillarys, Western Australia||77,751||836,905|
Westfield entered the New Zealand market in 1997 and acquired an interest in the St. Lukes Group portfolio in 1998. Westfield Malls are by far the most numerous chain in New Zealand, with most of its centres located in Auckland, including their largest development located in Albany. As of February 2017, Westfield had NZ$2.5 billion in assets under management in New Zealand.
In mid-2012 Westfield sold its 50% share of Westfield Shore City in Takapuna on Auckland's North Shore, now known as Shore City Shopping Centre. Later that same year the company sold Westfield Pakuranga, now known as Pakuranga Plaza.
|Centre name||Location||Total retail floor area|
|Westfield Albany||Albany, Auckland||53,217 m2||572,823 sq ft|
|Westfield Manukau City||Manukau, Auckland||45,528 m2||490,059 sq ft|
|Westfield Newmarket||Newmarket, Auckland||31,491 m2||338,966 sq ft|
|Westfield St Lukes||Mount Albert, Auckland||39,699 m2||427,316 sq ft|
|Westfield Riccarton||Riccarton, Christchurch||55,397 m2||596,288 sq ft|
Based in San Francisco, California, Westfield Labs is an entity of Westfield Corporation. Westfield Labs works closely with Scentre Group to provide it with digital shopping initiatives that can be deployed throughout the company’s operations in Australia and New Zealand.
Westfield Belconnen, Canberra
Westfield Woden, Canberra
Westfield Bondi Junction, Sydney
Westfield Burwood, Sydney
Westfield Chatswood, Sydney
Westfield Eastgardens, Sydney
Westfield Hurstville, Sydney
Westfield Miranda, Sydney
Westfield Parramatta, Sydney
Westfield Penrith, Sydney
Westfield Warringah Mall, Sydney
Westfield Kotara, Newcastle
Westfield Carindale, Brisbane
Westfield Chermside, Brisbane
Westfield Doncaster, Melbourne
Westfield Southland, Melbourne
Westfield Newmarket, Auckland