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Wollongong Central, Wollongong
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Wollongong Central is a major shopping centre in the Illawarra region, located in the CBD of Wollongong, New South Wales approximately 90 kilometres south of Sydney. It is operated and managed by Australian property investment company, General Property Trust (GPT). It is of local importance and is used by much of the Illawarra community as a social and shopping centre. It is situated in the western half of the Crown Street Mall.Centre InformationWhilst Wollongong Central today is one complete shopping centre, it was originally two separate and distinct shopping centres. Crown Central shopping centre was constructed and opened in 1975 by the Abbey Capital Property Group on the northern side of Crown Street, taking the majority of the Crown Street frontage between Keira Street and Church Street. In 1986, a joint venture between Wollongong City Council and Kern Corporation developed the Crown Gateway shopping centre on the site of the former Coles Building on the southern side of Crown Street, extending through to Burelli Street.In the late 1990s, Crown Central was purchased by the GPT Group, and a short period later, GPT acquired Crown Gateway from Wollongong City Council. GPT then developed a pedestrian bridge to join the two centres, and re-branded the combined complex as Wollongong Central.The centre currently features part of a David Jones department store, a Myer department store over three levels, and approximately 140 stores in the centre itself. In addition, there are also around 300 other retail outlets in the adjacent Crown Street Mall, which Wollongong Central is part of.
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  • Wollongong Central is a great new addition to the Wollongong shopping scene. It has everything that is needed and it's also connected to every building along the mall. This makes it very convenient ev...  more »
  • The refurbishment of Wollongong Central has made this place buzz. Lots of great eateries and cafés, lots of stores of all descriptions and easy affordable parking. I enjoy going there. 
  • It's a good place for shopping with family and friends. Nice food court to enjoy variety of meals... 
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  • Even Hurstville & Miranda has free parking under three hours! Why shop in this little place! Only spend over $20 in Coles to void the parking cost...so I spent over $50 in Target was nothing business to the shopping crntre, huh!!?
  • I don't understand why people go to this waste because the fat cats of GPT (which you may recall they invested their money from Warrawong Plaza in the past before private equity firm Blackwoods acquired the entire stakes of that mall) invested the land, and in the end they accomplished nothing. They compare themselves to Stockland Shellharbour due to the fact they're incorporating an excessive amount of fashion and jewellery joints; enough to satisfy the feminist masses, that the fact they overly indulge in paying good money for Chinese sweatshop items exported to the country, that it doesn't comply to the Australian Customs law since the clothing we see are generic and bound to rip apart after six or more months depending on the material used there, and that the cynical attempt to convey to some quasi-hippy industrial complex the young people are so comfortable to relate to in terms of awful fashion taste. It's entirely bothersome in a sense the mall is trying way too hard to become another Melbourne or quite possibly Sydney with matching shops - as long as it doesn't blow the capital up like hot air balloons with the rent. Come to think about it: the shops here don't seem to have any foundation or any dynamics to keep their rent afloat for years if that. I despise everything the mall has acknowledged in the recent years: an all time low is where the KFC joint is, three-quarters of the ceiling is missing and it's deliberately replaced with curvy planks of wood which you can see it seems to be of sentimental value after it has been lacquered, yet there's no love to the design because it appears they had absolutely no money to spend on more cemented ceiling with titanium metal so it can be supported with the cement foundations. It's a travesty however you can see there's electrical wiring and cables there, as with spiderwebs from certain types of spiders (eg; funnel webs, redbacks, daddy longlegs etc.), and you wonder why during the hot and humid months the spiders come out to play to create chaos all along. I pity everyone who tampered with the mall as much as I pity the investors who played their part of the cesspit. You can only contemplate more revenue blowouts are very common-place with expensive ad campaigns to inspire and invoke consumers without logical reasoning. Pathetic is my main word to call it.
  • Reasonable variety of shops. The best thing about the mall thou is the Eat Street Markets on Thursday nights and the markets on Friday during the day.
  • Good selection of shops. My faves include JB HiFi, Hype, EB Games and Zing. RIP Myer. Also, drop in on Thursday night for eat Street markets!
  • It's definitely an improvement since the expansion / upgrades. The bridge over the road is poorly designed, in the way that inside it narrows down towards the middle.