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I was at West Lakes yesterday. Had a coffee on the run and then had a muse around the new section that had opened. Shopped and bought a few gifts for Christmas (I know.... but the offers were VERY good) and then was rushing to get finished before the mall closed at five. We spent about four hours there and had the mall been open longer, it would have been more. Didn't even do any food shopping, had no lunch or sit down at all. We did not have to pay because I think it is free for a while - but ... how to pay. where to pay, what to pay and what to do in general if you go over 3 hours was very unclear ...
Not great in my opinion - four hours would be better - I bet the businesses in the food hall will suffer hugely because of this ...
To me it's all about supply and demand. I really didn't think West Lakes filled up it's car parks as it was, so to possibly put off some shoppers sounds criminal to me.
On the other hand if it was at Marion, I would endorse it. That car park is far to small, and I think most Saturday's you struggle to park, I've left there before now when it's to busy, so if you could get rid of window shoppers and some kids filling up their Saturday's at the shops then it would be a good idea.
We do our shopping at Derronades.... It's always empty.
I was just thinking too,don't alot of folk head for the mall's in summer to get out of the heat and save using their own air con's?I personally dislike shopping,always have so,3 hours would be ample for me actually.Its only a matter of time before all Westfields have these parking charges.I can recall when TTP in Modbury opened (We lived near there)and wow for years they have had free parking.Its opposite Modbury Hossie though, and I think alot of people would park in the TTP carpark to avoid the hossie car parking charges!Do they charge at TTP yet? Diane you'd know right? :)
Last edited by Lily Rainbow; 29-10-2013 at 06:04 AM.
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No parking charges at Tea Tree Plaza yet. And usually no problems finding a park there either.
I'm another one that can easily spend more than 3 hours shopping. I don't go clothes shopping very often, maybe once a year or so (been once since July last year), so when I do go I usually need several items of clothing and have to spend hours going round all the shops trying stuff on before I find everything I need. It's not a day out it's a necessity and I don't have time to go on weekends or during the week without taking a day off. I'd rather not spend the day trying to find clothes to fit that I like but experience tells me shopping online can involve too much in the way of clothes that don't fit.
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Interestingly on the radio today (ABC 891) they were talking about this and said it was an issue to Marion shoppers as it was catchment to many lower socioeconomic suburbs.
I thought it was a more wealthy area?
3 hours are enough time, for these boring Westfield Shopping Centres! I've never spent more than 2 hours in any of them here in Adelaide (in Sydney in Westfield's Miranda with much more shops I could even spend more than 6 hours due to the size).
Marion is quite okay, but in comparison to European ones they are all boring! For males it is good, electronics, computers, cameras etc. But why have all these private health insurances to deal in a shopping mall!?
Mostly these cheap fashion crap and have you guys ever noticed that plastic odour, especially from the shoe shops (all made in China)?
Hubby and me made jokes that on a Chinese Market people would find better quality and they sell it here in Westfield for heaps of money.
I prefer online shopping and going to Harbour Town, anyway, because I think Australian management believes people are stupid and I have to admit I was outraged when I saw the absence of quality they offer their customers dearly (besides Myers and some nice shops).
I'm also convinced that the 3 hours and the amount of money in West Lakes are only a testing ground in order to squeeze more in the near future.
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