The list of tenants slated for closure at Pacific Werribee is growing and includes big names like Village Cinemas, JB Hi-Fi and dozens of retailers.
H&M, Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Sportsgirl, Dotti, Black Art, Peter Jackson, Mecca, Mocha, T2, Pandora, Melbourne Jewellers, General Pants, Timezone and Martini & Co are all closing under the centre’s ‘building rectification’ program.
Works on the $370m building that opened in 2017 after a redevelopment have been carried out throughout much of 2023 and resulted in the closure of Target and other stores.
Some of the retailers listed for closure will temporarily relocate, but for others like Village, Myer, JB Hi-Fi, La Porchetta, The Sporting Globe, Plaza Tavern and San Churro, trade is likely to be interrupted for much of the year.
Pacific Werribee’s centre management has not responded to Geelong Broadcaster requests for comment, but last week updated their website with confirmation of the latest round of tenant closures.
“Stage Two will occur predominately in the Myer end of the centre,” the website states about the latest round of works that commenced on January 10, 2024.
“Works will occur in stages, commencing in January 2024 and expected to be concluded before Christmas 2024.”
Myer has said where possible it will redeploy permanent employees to alternative sites, its offered others the chance to re-apply for a job at its Werribee Plaza store when it re-opens later in the year.
Village and the Plaza Tavern did not respond to requests for comment about their forced closures at Pacific Werribee, and along with Myer did address questions about whether they’ll be compensated.