The HOT List: Top 5 Features of Eastland Shopping Centre Redevelopment

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

Today I was invited to the opening of Eastland’s new galleria and I have to say that I’m impressed. They’ve turned the typical shopping centre retail experience on its head and have focused on being a community hub rather than just stores and stores and more stores. Even if you don’t live near Ringwood I think it’s worth a visit.

Here are my Top 5 Features of the new Eastland Shopping Centre Redevelopment.

1. Valet parking

Think that valet parking is only for the rich and famous? Think again. Valet parking at Eastland is ONLY $10 which is a bargain when you think about how much time you would otherwise spend searching for a car park.

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

It’s particularly fantastic for families as there’s no schlepping from the car to the entrance with prams and paraphernalia. Just drop off your car and walk 10m to the guest lounge, which is styled like a hotel lobby.

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

Couches, artworks, free tea/coffee and smiling guest services staff to attend to your needs. They even press lift buttons for you!

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

Even better is that the Valet parking service includes a parcel valet service. Someone else will carry all your shopping down to the lounge then voila, your car appears. You can even ask for your car to be washed while you’re shopping (they take it to the car wash in the carpark and you pay standard rates).

I can’t think of a better way to make a shopping experience easy, delightful and memorable, especially around Christmas time. I really felt like a VIP.

Entrance to valet parking is from East Entrance 6 at Warrandyte Road.

2. Click and collect

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

Shop with the convenience of online but save on postage and get your items quickly by using Eastland’s click and collect. Your shopping can be picked up from the click and collect counter at Eastland, which is also located at the valet parking area….meaning you don’t have to hunt down the store inside the centre.

Not every store provides the service at the moment – centre management are gradually adding more brands.

3. Children’s Play Areas

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

Eastland have built three free play areas for kids in the new Level 1 ‘children’s precinct’ of the East side galleria.

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

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They are unfenced and unsupervised, allowing kids to play and explore freely.
Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

Baby 2.0’s favourite was undoubtedly the two storey high spider web climbing frame – it’s not often you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of a shopping centre! Apparently a slide is soon being installed :)

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

4. Town Square and REALM

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

The Town Square is a unique partnership between Eastland and Maroondah City Council and it is aiming to be the local area’s community hub.

The Town Square brings famous culinary names to Melbourne’s east – our favourite stop with kids is Jimmy Grants and a gelati from Lavezzi afterwards.

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

Across from the retail stores is REALM, Maroondah City Council’s new library, cultural, and knowledge and innovation centre.

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

The children’s area is small but cute, with stepped grandstand seating, computers, a large touch screen and of course books.

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

5. Architecture and artworks

If you’re a David Bromley fan, Eastland is the Bromley gallery of dreams. You’ll find his artwork throughout the centre, even on temporary shop hoardings, as well as in the retail store Bromley and Co.

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

I also love the curvaceous, cathedral-like architecture of the new East side galleria by London’s Softroom Architects.

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

To celebrate Eastland’s new East side galleria they are hosting a four-day artistic program throughout Eastland on levels 1 and 2 on 5-8 May , with interactive installations, artworks and performances presented by Australian contemporary artists.

Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood

Eastland175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood

Monday – Wednesday 9am – 5.30pm

Thursday – Friday 9am – 9pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Sunday 10am – 5pm

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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