A new lifestyle destination for both locals and visitors, Mall 88, has opened in the heart of St Leonards in Sydney’s Lower North Shore.

Mall 88 provides an open air plaza and dining precinct with a combination of cafes, alfresco dining and a laneway eat-street, in addition to a public library and medical centre across four floors.

Located along the Pacific Highway, as the centrepiece of recently completed 88 by JQZ development, Mall 88 is the area’s first modern retail precinct that incorporates a civic plaza and public library, according to Colliers’ managing director of real estate management, Julia Batterley.

“Answering growing demand for a high-quality lifestyle retail offering in the area, with a unique experience for the local community and workday customers, Mall 88 is destined to become an essential community pillar,” she said.

Conveniently located opposite St Leonards train station, the neighbourhood centre is anchored by a full-line Coles supermarket, Vintage Cellars, Medical Centre, and Asian supermarket plus a mix of dining and services brands across 30 retail stores. The centre also includes 374 undercover parking spaces.

St Leonards’ re-imagined newest retail destination was central to JQZ’s plans to develop a new live, work and play precinct, addressing a gap in the retail market on Sydney’s north shore, according to Mall 88’s COO, Bryan Zhang.

“With the convenience of a newly built supermarket, a modern library, a medical centre and other well-being offers plus a cosmopolitan dining experience, this precinct has been designed to cater to the weekend, work and after-work market,” He said.

“We are proud to open our doors to the residents living in the apartments located above and local community near and further afield.”