The new store spaces are part of an Auckland Transport project aimed at improving Devonport’s urban environment, encouraging more visits to the wharf and revitilising Devonport’s retail strip.
As part of this project, the north end of the wharf will soon benefit from a modern boardwalk and refurbished wharf entrance which extends from the main street, connecting it with existing retailers.
Newly-developed space adjacent to the wharf entrance has been designed by architecture group Jasmac and will soon be available.
JLL group is looking for retailers on behalf of Auckland transport. Its national director of sales and leasing, Chris Beasleigh, is marketing the premises along with Chloe Brooks, retail sales and leasing specialist.
Beasleigh emphasised the suitability of the spaces for hospitality tenants.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for food and beverage tenants to tap into this previously underutilised but iconic waterfront destination and capitalise on the high foot traffic nature of the location. Devonport is an extremely busy commuter and tourist location and Auckland transport are committed to igniting Devonport Wharf into a new retail and hospitality hotspot that reflects the area and becomes a destination in its own right.”
According to JLL, Devonport’s ferry terminal supports a high-income demographic, and sees roughly 2 million people passing through each year.
Brooks says stage one of the wharf’s revamp will provide 200sqm of prime hospitality space. It could house one larger tenant or up to three smaller tenants, with an extra 65sqm of external space available.
Beasleigh says JLL is targeting food and beverage providers that will enhance Devonport’s attractiveness and incorporate its special character.
“Devonport Wharf provides a unique retail offering drawing inspiration from the activation of transport wharfs globally such as Sydney’s Manly Wharf,” he says. “This is stage one, to set the scene, future stages will follow in due course.”
Proposals for tenancy are due by 15 June.