Kiwi Property is expanding the dining lane at Sylvia Park shopping centre as part of a $9.1 million upgrade finishing in December.
New Zealand’s largest shopping centre will soon have six new restaurants, a new square and a dining pavilion at the entrance to the Mount Wellington shopping centre.
Kiwi Property chief executive Chris Gudgeon said the design would integrate with an upgrade of the existing dining lane and Kiwi Property’s “long-term vision” to create a world-class town centre at Sylvia Park.
The opening of The Grove in December would coincide with the $80m construction of an 10-level office tower with IAG New Zealand as its main tenant.
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IAG has signed a 12-year lease for almost 30 per cent of the new building from June 2018.
The dining laneway will feature restaurant chains Mexico and Better Burger and have a retractable canopy, Gudgeon said.
The expansion follows the launch of New Zealand’s first H&M and Zara stores at Sylvia Park last year.
Kiwi Property is in talks with a number of other leading New Zealand food companies to showcase dining concepts at The Grove and commissioning a significant piece of artwork for the area.
The shopping centre attracts more than 12.6 million visitors a year, and has annual sales of more than $455m.
General manager of retail Karl Retief said: “The Sylvia Park dining lane upgrade reflects current consumer trends, with customers increasingly wanting inclusive and immersive dining experiences that not only entertain but also provide social meeting places”.
“Unlike other major cities, Auckland lacks strong dining and entertainment precincts outside of the city so The Grove is set to lead the way,” Retief said.
Kiwi Property plans to expand the retail area further over the next three years to include a 20,000 square metre fashion galleria on the second level.
The expansion plans include a new food court, 4000 more car parks, new stores and potentially one or more department stores.