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Chatswood Chase is getting a huge makeover! 

If you’re a regular at Chatswood Chase, you’ve likely noticed familiar stores closing and the lower ground floor transformed into a construction site. It’s all part of an exciting redevelopment project.

The centre we’ve known for years (it’s 40 years old) is about to transform into a luxury destination.

A concept illustration of the dining precinct

Vicinity Centres, the group responsible for the upgrade, aims for it to be the top spot for all things luxury retail, dining, and lifestyle on the North Shore —basically, a one-stop shop for spoiling yourself (or finding the perfect gift for someone you love).

Here’s what’s in store:

  • Luxury shopping: From 2025, you’ll be able to browse a curated selection of the hottest Australian and international luxury brands. 
  • Foodie paradise: A premium fresh food market hall called Chase Market is already taking shape downstairs. Expect a delicious mix of specialty stores, familiar favourites, and exciting new providers.
  • Better dining: The new dining precinct will have everything from fancy restaurants for a special occasion to grab-and-go options when you’re on the run.
  • Modern makeover: The whole place is getting a sleek upgrade. Think skylights, a brand-new main entrance on Victoria Avenue, and a stylish and inviting atmosphere.

As for the timeline, the first part of the project, Chase Market, is already well underway, with stores opening throughout 2024. The bigger transformation for the main retail area kicks off construction on March 15, 2024. It should be wrapped up by the end of 2025. 

A concept illustration of the Chase Market

“The majority of the centre’s upper levels will close from next week,” confirms Eddie Paynter, Chatswood Chase Centre Manager. “Apple and David Jones will be temporarily consolidated on a single level on the Ground floor and remain open.” 

“Kmart, Coles and the lower ground level will remain operational throughout.”

The upper three levels of retail will also include a proposed commercial precinct,  called the Chase Quarter, which is designed to accommodate up to 10,000 square metres of modern rooftop workspace with an open-air rooftop laneway, landscaped terrace, informal meeting spaces and open-plan workspaces.

A concept illustration of the proposed rooftop terrace

With rumours swirling that high-end luxury retailers like Chanel and Louis Vuitton might be opening, we asked the Vicinity Centre group to confirm their plans for the new luxury retail precinct.

“The centre has piqued a high level of interest with world-leading luxury groups,” says Eddie. “We’re not in a position to say more on this just now, but look forward to sharing more news soon.”

While we wait to hear which designers will be opening, many existing stores will change. Some will move to new spots within the revamped Chatswood Chase, while others might say goodbye.

A concept illustration of the Chase Market

Mecca Chatswood Chase has emailed customers to inform them they are saying farewell and closing their doors on Sunday, March 10. The email points customers to shop “just across the road” at their Mecca stores in Chatswood Westfield and inside Myer.   

Vicinity is working closely with the businesses involved to make the transition as smooth as possible, with some choosing to relocate their other centres. The group also owns the Queen Victoria Building and Chadstone in Victoria.

Stay tuned for updates…

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