The second stage of Bayfair Shopping Centre’s NZ$115 million development has been officially unveiled with a formal ceremony welcoming eight new restaurants to an alfresco dining precinct called ‘Dine at Bayfair’.

The opening of this precinct follows the successful stage one opening in December 2018, which provided an expanded retail area and will complement the multi-attraction Timezone that opened in April 2019. The largest cinema complex in the Bay of Plenty, United Cinemas, due to arrive in the next stage of the development.

Dine at Bayfair features eight new restaurants: Burger Burger, Mexico, Nandos, IZAKAI, The Freeport Tavern & Eatery (a Little Creatures collaboration) and Cleaver & Co.

According to Centre Manager Steve Ellingford, “The opening of these new restaurants comes at the ideal time to meet increasing local demand for superior dining and entertainment options for individuals, couples, families and groups of friends, all of whom can now enjoy city-style dining conveniently close to home.

“Bayfair Shopping Centre has existed as a member of the local community for over 30 years, and it is great to be celebrating yet another milestone as we seek to provide the customers and community of Bay of Plenty, with an expanded, fully-integrated shopping centre that leads the way in sustainability and accessibility, and will serve the community for many more years to come.”

The development is being managed by AMP Capital on behalf of centre owners AMP Capital Shopping Centre Fund and Fisher Funds. It will see Bayfair become a fully integrated, single-level, enclosed shopping centre with an expanded footprint of 42,000m² and a further 50 speciality stores.

At the forefront of the development is sustainability, accessibility and giving back to the community, which it has already done through the creation of upwards of 400 construction jobs. On completion, it is estimated that the centre and its retailers will employ more than 1,500 people.

 Development details

  • The development programme includes staged openings. The majority of stores opened late 2018; the final stage will include the opening of the cinema in late 2019 / early 2020.
  • On completion, Bayfair will be a fully integrated, single-level, enclosed shopping centre.
  • The development expands the centre’s footprint by 9,000m² to a total of 42,000m², and adds another 50 specialty stores, including a strong fashion mix new to the centre and the region, for a total of 150 stores.
  • Approximately 1,800 car park spaces, and cycle parking.
  • The Bay of Plenty’s largest cinema complex, United Cinemas, with seven screens, more than 1,300 seats and Dolby Atmos sound system.
  • Integrated alfresco dining precinct to complement the nearby cinema complex, with eight restaurants and casual food eateries including licensed operators.
  • Accessible facilities such as a quiet room and up-to-date family facilities including additional parents’ room.

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