Westfield Kotara unveils new look

CHANGES: An artist's impression of the Northcott Drive Westfield Kotara entrance after the expansion is complete.
CHANGES: An artist's impression of the Northcott Drive Westfield Kotara entrance after the expansion is complete.

NEW details have been released on the estimated $90 million redevelopment of Westfield Kotara, with the centre confirming there will be 30 new stores, including two so far unnamed "fashion mini-majors”, when the works are complete next year.

Westfield stores owner and operator Scentre Group said on Thursday the expansion at Kotara was under way and the redevelopment was on track to open late 2018.

When complete, the development will bring 30 new stores to Kotara, Scentre Group said, including new sites for outlets Kmart, JB HiFi, and Toys R Us, as well as the introduction of two international fashion mini majors.

The expansion follows the successful 2015 opening of the $55 million Hunter Valley-inspired outdoor dining and entertainment precinct, The Rooftop.

“We’re excited to welcome an array of exciting new fashion and lifestyle retailers to Westfield Kotara,” centre manager Kate Murphy said.

“The centre’s position as a premium fashion and lifestyle destination for the Hunter Region will be further enhanced by this evolution.”

Work is underway on the expansion but the centre is trading as normal during construction.

The Newcastle Herald previously reported the $88 million "third shopping mall" for Kotara would include the creation of an additional 189 rooftop parking spaces. Scentre Group would not comment on the cost of the development or any further details.