Castle Towers is set to launch the first stage of its new $180 million retail precinct next month. The first stage of the multi-year transformation of Castle Towers will include a fresh food marketplace, the new-look Coles supermarket and a ‘next-generation’ food court.
With an additional 4,700sqm of floor space, 45 lifestyle, food, home and service retailers will begin trading before Christmas with an additional eight stores set to open from early 2020. Plus, there will be direct access to the new Castle Hill metro station and bus interchange via a pedestrian tunnel.
Some of the new food court retailers include:
- Banana Blossom – made-to-order salads, rice bowls and addictive chef-made sauces already popular on the northern beaches and eastern suburbs
- Restaurateur and chef ‘Uncle Jim’ will bring his Jim’s Malaysian concept to Castle Towers, an authentic Southeast Asian hawker street food experience, think classic dishes like Hainanese Chicken Rice or Char Koay Teow with a modern twist.
- Makani Ramen Noodle House will offer traditional handmade ramen.
- Yatai Ozeki’s street food and donburi bowls will bring the best of Japan to Castle Towers.
- Fans of Middle Eastern cuisine will also be catered for with Adanos Grill serving up authentic Turkish cuisine including traditional gozleme, pide, cold entrée dips made fresh daily and shish kebabs grilled over an open flame.
- ChaChu will bring its take on kathi rolls and Indian street food to Castle Towers for the first time
- Ms Dumpling will offer a range of flavoured dim sum, prepared fresh in an open kitchen allowing shoppers to enjoy the spectacle.
Castle Towers centre manager Eddie Paynter said the foodie precinct has been carefully crafted by design experts Luchetti Krelle, who have designed an immersive dining experience with a cocoon-like centralised space to give shoppers a sense of calm and comfort within the bustling new retail district.
“We’re on the doorstep of an array of impressive farms in the Hawkesbury Valley, so residents of the Hills are passionate about fresh produce and entertaining family and friends,” he says. “Our new fresh food precinct will be a destination for the community to shop, taste and interact with each other while the variety of shared seating options that extend beyond the food court will encourage the local community to gather.”
Fresh food additions include:
- Jean Louis Joseph who will open their second Sydney continental deli, giving shoppers the choice of dining in or stocking up on all their gourmet pantry needs. Inspired by a European delicatessen, the café will offer a panini bar with fresh cut panini and sell a curated selection of premium local and international cheeses, cured meats, mixed antipasto, breads, baguettes, salads and seasonal fresh fruit. With all the ingredients to create your own grazing board, the gourmet food store also specialises in take-home entertaining and grazing options just in time for Christmas and New Year family gatherings.
- Gewurzhaus Herb and Spice Merchant will open its first Sydney store outside of the CBD and only the second in NSW. Founded by German born sisters Eva and Maria Konecsny, they will offer more than 350 single origin spices, herbs and teas from around the world. They also mix and mill more than 100 unique small-batch blends from their Melbourne headquarters each week that will be available in the new store.
And of course, some of the fresh food favourites will return including:
- Costi’s Fresh Seafood. They will expand to a larger new format space allowing them to deliver an exciting new concept store.
- Shepherd’s Artisan Bakehouse. They also will move into a new larger store which will allow them to serve a wider range of artisanal baked goods and their classic handmade sourdough, including 10 varieties of cold-fermented bread.
- Dolcettini Patisserie.
With five stores in the Sydney CBD, North Sydney and Parramatta, Délisse French Café will join the Castle Towers offering authentic French café fare including baguettes, pastries, croissants and crepes. Baked Barista will continue serving wholesome food and ready meals representing diverse flavours from Europe, Asia, Middle East, South America and Australia.
Global chains (McDonald’s, KFC, Oporto) will be relocated to the new space with Sushi Hub and Cha Time also joined by new retailers Juiced Life –all-natural and nutritionally-balanced cold pressed juices, smoothies, blended juices, wellness shots and superfood bowls – and Yogurberry.
Castle Towers is continuing to trade during the building works with the first stage of the redevelopment due to be completed before Christmas. Shoppers will be able to enjoy extended trading hours during the festive season with a series of free community activities taking place for kids of all ages.