Melbourne CBD shopping centre, Melbourne Central opened more than 20 new stores in the second half of 2021 with a further 20 stores to open in the coming months.

Home to over 12 internationally renowned flagship stores, Melbourne Central has welcomed an expansive, 432 square metre General Pants, the largest in Victoria. In addition to new fashion stores, Melbourne Central continues to grow its diverse food and beverage offering with Nene Chicken, OMI, Sushi Hub and Capriccio Grill opening in the precinct.

In a first for the CBD, the Lego store is set to open in the coming months – designed to be the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Melbourne Central centre manager, Mardi Ashkine has a sense of optimism about retail getting back on track and is welcoming shoppers with open arms as the rest of the year stacks up to be jam-packed at the precinct.

“We had a strong February with a 41% increase in foot traffic compared to 2021,” Ashkine said. “It’s been fabulous to experience an influx of shoppers again, who are seeking out cultural experiences and retail therapy, what better place to do that than at Melbourne Central?”

The next six months are set to see the centre continue to expand with 20 new stores including six major refurbishments.

Some of the new stores set to open include Guess, Cinnabon, Foodao, Puzzle Coffee, Rebel, Yo Art and Lego Store.