DFO opens: Brisbane Airport is now Number 1 for shopping
After nearly three years of planning and legal debate, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) today opens Australias most innovative on-airport retail development, Number 1 Airport Drive, featuring the 24,000 square metre Direct Factory Outlet (DFO). Airport staff will have the first exclusive glimpse of the DFO tonight, with the doors open to the public at 10 am tomorrow (Thursday 8 September). The centre will trade from 10 am to 6pm seven days a week. The best way to get to the DFO is via the newly opened Charlie Earp Bridge, which can be accessed from the left lane of Airport Drive, less than 1 kilometre from the Gateway Motorway roundabout. Visitors are asked to be patient, with large crowds predicted for the first weekend of trading. Extra traffic marshalls will be on hand and visitors are urged to be patience. DFO is Australias largest factory outlet centre operator, housing individual brand outlet stores in one purpose-built, air-conditioned and architect-designed building. More than 100 premium brand stores have completely filled the centre, including fashion, footwear and home wares at heavily discounted prices. BAC CEO Koen Rooijmans said it was important that the first building on the unique Number 1 Airport Drive precinct had widespread community appeal, helping to create a vibrant commercial environment that would attract office buildings, sport and recreation facilities, entertainment, child care and other features of the emerging Airport City. DFO has made a minimum 20-year commitment to BAC as anchor tenant of Number 1 Airport Drive, and we are pleased they have stuck with us through some very difficult challenges, including more than two years in the Federal Court, Mr Rooijmans said. Ironically, the immense publicity that was generated over this time has led to huge national interest in the DFO and more importantly, in Number 1 Airport Drive as an alternative commercial precinct to the traditional CBD and suburban office and technology parks.