History of Westfield Stratford City
Westfield Group owned the company fully until November 2010, when ABP Pension Fund and CPP Investment Board each purchased 25% shares, leaving Westfield with 50%. As a result of Unibail-Rodamco's 2018 acquisition of Westfield Corporation, Unibail-Rodamco now owns Westfield Corporation.
As part of Stratford City, Westfield Stratford City is located adjacent to London Olympic Park, International Quarter London, East Village, Stratford Regional and Stratford International stations. In addition to creating up to 10,000 permanent jobs, 2,001 of which will be locals, the shopping centre is part of a large multi-purpose development known as Stratford City. Despite this, there are reports that chain stores have significantly harmed other local businesses.
Westfield Stratford City is anchored by a 240,000 sq ft (22,000 m2) John Lewis department store, a 32,000 sq ft (3,000 sq m 2) Waitrose supermarket, a 136,000 sq ft (12,600 m 2 ) Marks & Spencer department store, a 24-hour casino (Aspers) and a 20-screen, all-digital Vue theatre. In addition to the Premier Inn and Holiday Inn hotels, the shopping centre also has about 280 shops and 70 restaurants.
Transport Links to Westfield Stratford City
London Underground's Central and Jubilee lines, Greater Anglia, Elizabeth, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, and a number of c2c services serve Stratford station to the south of the site. As well as Southeastern High Speed and Docklands Light Railway services, Stratford International station lies to the north.
Many London Buses routes, as well as National Express and Terravision long-distance services, stop at Stratford bus station and Stratford City bus station.
Westfield reports that while the site has a 5,000-space parking lot, 80% of shoppers use public transportation to get to the centre.