The grand opening of Brisbane Airport’s new AUD$18m (US$13m) Skygate Home & Life center is set to take place on Saturday November 10.
The center, which is the latest addition to Brisbane Airport’s thriving Skygate precinct, will hold a celebratory event with activities, promotions, in-store activities, discounts and giveaways, including 100 x AUD$50 (US$37) Skygate Home & Life gift cards.
Following 10 months of construction, the project adds an extra 9,260m2 (99,700ft2) of retail space to the precinct, which is already home to DFO Brisbane, Queensland’s only 24/7 Woolworths and more than 160 specialty retailers.
Around 60 jobs were created during construction, with an estimated 80 full-time and part-time operational and retail positions going forward. The new roles add to the growing workforce at Brisbane Airport, which now exceeds 24,000.
Skygate Home & Life adds a new dimension to the retail offerings within the precinct, introducing a range of furniture and homeware stores such as Nick Scali, TK Maxx, James Lane, Sleeping Giant, Lighting Illusions, Pillow Talk, Early Settler and Deco Rug.
John Tormey, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s general manager of commercial businesses, said the new center is testament to the way in which the Skygate precinct is continuing to emerge as a vibrant commercial and lifestyle destination.
“Gone are the days of Skygate being known for only fashion and food,” said Tormey. “Skygate Home & Life offers an unexpected and exciting new element when it comes to retail shopping within an airport precinct.
“The introduction of flagship furniture and homeware retailers alongside more than 160 specialty stores makes the precinct a one-stop-shop for Brisbane locals.”
Shoppers have access to five free open-air car parks, including designated parking at the homemaker center. Opening hours for Skygate Home & Life are Monday to Wednesday 9:00am-5:30pm, Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm, Friday to Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm.
The growth of the airport precinct is set to continue, with a number of industrial and commercial projects underway including a large warehouse for Miele and a campus-style business park within Skygate.