Castle Towers celebrates turning 35

CASTLE Towers is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with a photo exhibition of the shopping centre's history.

The interactive display, A Lifetime of Change, celebrates the life of Castle Towers' since its beginnings in 1979 and recognises the history of development in The Hills.

With the help of The Hills Historical Society the centre has more than 30 significant pictures and their stories from 1866 to now, all presented as a reflective timeline.

Visitors will journey through time on an educational tour of The Hills.

Manager Martin Ollis said residents should see the exhibition to appreciate the "beauty, the successes, the developments, the stories and the landscape of The Hills district".

"After 35 years in the area, Castle Towers is proud of its past and its current role in the area," he said. "We're proud to say Castle Towers has established itself as a focal point of the district and residents have been able to share special memories and special moments with the centre.

"We look forward to stories and memories from others in the community.

"We want this exhibition to celebrate the past, remember what was, appreciate what we have and where we came from."

Mr Ollis, who has lived in The Hills for 15 years, said the centre encouraged visitors to use the exhibition reflect on their own time in the area and reminisce with family and friends about their own key events and milestones.

■ See the exhibition on the upper level outside Diana Ferrari until May 7.

Castle Towers is home to Myer, David Jones and over 310 specialty stores.

History of Castle Towers:

•Castle Towers opened in 1979 and was purchased by QIC Global Real Estate in 1990. 

•In 1991 David Jones, a Food Court, Franklins and 130 specialties were introduced followed by a 6-screen cinema complex and an additional 30 specialty stores were introduced in 1993. 

•In 1999 the Centre added a Food Court, another 10 screen cinema complex and 38 specialty stores including The Piazza dining precinct. 

•In 2000, the Centre introduced Bi-Lo, Best & Less, extended Target, David Jones, plus Lincraft and an additional 70 specialties. 

•In 2001, Castle Towers further expanded with the opening of Myer and 30 fashion brands. 

•In 2009, Castle Towers replaced the 6-screen cinema complex with Event Cinemas Gold Class; the largest and only stand alone Gold Class cinema in Australia. 

•In 2009, the existing Myer store was expanded to include an additional lower level and in 2010 a 600sqm Apple Store was introduced. 

•November 2013, ALDI, JB Hi-Fi and 6 specialty stores opened. 

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