Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. It is the administrative centre for the Northern Tablelands region.
Armidale is a major regional retail centre, housing three shopping malls: Centro Armidale, a A$49 million development anchored by a
Woolworths, Big W and 32 speciality stores. Centro began trading in late November 2007. Armidale Plaza, a A$70 million venture, officially
opened an extension, refurbishment and rebranding (formerly Kmart Plaza) in August 2007. Armidale Plaza is anchored by Kmart, Target
Country and 50 specialty stores.
The East Mall was constructed in 2002 and houses Coles Supermarket and 15 speciality stores. Armidale has a pedestrian mall which
stretches over three blocks of Beardy Street in the centre of city. It features many shops and cafés with outdoor eating areas along with some
notable architecture, including Tattersalls Hotel, built in the Art Deco style during the 1930s; Armidale Courthouse; the city's main Post
Office; the former Commonwealth Bank and the New England Hotel. The mall was opened in 1973 and was the first of its kind in regional
The university was founded in 1938, at first as a college of the University of Sydney, but then in its own right in 1954. The UNE contributes
to Armidale's position as a city of culture and diversity, with a vibrant artistic and cultural element. The university has strong links to the
rural community, and undertakes a lot of agricultural research. There is also a high-technology presence, as well as notable humanities
teaching. UNE hosts a wide range of courses, and introduced a number of new courses in 2008, including a Bachelor of Medicine as part of
a joint medical program with the University of Newcastle.