Late last year Bayfair Shopping Centre announced plans for a $115 million expansion, now, the developments first phase is due to open in December.
Bayfair is managed by AMP Capital. It was built in 1985, with the original 7,000 square metre shopping centre expanding in size in 1993 and again in 2002.
Its gross leasable area is currently around 33,000 square metres, but the planned expansion will increase its size by 9,000 square metres to a total of 42,000 square metres. It will house 150 stores, serviced by 1,800 carparks.
Now the first phase is completed, with more than 30 new stores to open early December. Bringing new retailers to the Bay, the area is welcoming in Seed Heritage, The Source Bulk Foods, Peter Alexander and Cotton On Mega.
Moving into Bayfair for the first time are Dotti, Macpac, Portmans, Jacqui E and The Cosmetic Clinic. As Bayfair works through the current retail mix during the development phase, Rodd & Gunn and Max will expand into brand-new, larger stores and Merric, The Coffee Club and Dominos will return.
Bayfair’s centre manager Steve Ellingford says that the area is well on the way to having a wide range of both retail and hospitality offerings under one roof.
“Bayfair is on its way to having it all – alfresco dining, superb entertainment and the best in retail, all under one roof. We are pleased to be introducing not only some of New Zealand’s most popular clothing and lifestyle brands but also brands that represent the sustainable future that Bayfair has been creating and advocating for since 2003.”
The development will add another 50 specialist stores for a total of 150 stores. The new phase is set to open in early December.