AUSTRALIA. A shopping centre featuring 120 speciality stores is to open next year within the Perth Airport estate.

Perth Airport is funding the AU$150 million (US$119.5 million) project in a joint venture with Vicinity Centres.

New home for fashion: An artist’s impression of DFO Perth

The Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) will offer a premium outlet experience and attract tourists and locals, according to the airport. DFO Perth will be Western Australia’s first, it said, and will offer 24,000sq m of gross lettable space. It will be located on a nine hectare site within the Perth Airport estate “with strong arterial access”.

Construction has begun and the facility is due to open next year. The airport said it will feature international designers, premium apparel, mainstream fashion, childrenswear, lifestyle and home wares, and sports and adventure on one level.

It will also include a range of contemporary food & beverage options, as well as playground facilities and parking for over 1,500 cars.

“The new DFO will add to the vibrancy of our city and our tourism offering to attract visitors to Perth and Western Australia,” said Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brown. He noted that the development would create an estimated 900 direct jobs, including 250 throughout construction and 650 in ongoing retail and hospitality roles.

Adding vibrancy: DFO Perth will feature 120 speciality stores and a range of F&B outlets

Vicinity Centres Executive General Manager of Development Carolyn Viney commented: “We are excited about the unique opportunity that we have to create Perth’s first premium outlet centre which will build on Vicinity’s extensive DFO eastern states expertise.

“With DFO offering up to 70% off designer brands all year round, Western Australians will soon be able to enjoy all the brands they love at the best prices.

“A new home for fashion, we are confident DFO Perth will become shoppers’ new best friend.”