North Shore Times : January 27th 2011
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 27, 2011 NEWS Auckland City 71 Dominion Rd 09 623 4511 Silverdale 20 Silverdale Rd 09 426 8913 Takapuna 13 Hurstmere Rd 09 489 2495 NEW RESORTWEAR/BEACHWEAR & SUMMER DRESSES NEW RESORT WEAR/BEACHWEAR NEW SEASON SWIMWEAR HAS ARRIVED!!! One Pieces .......................... sizes 8-24 Tankinis ............................... sizes 8-22 Bikinis ...................................sizes 8-18 ENROL NOW Ph: 478 6333 3167796AL Albany Teddy Bears Picnic Kell Park - Albany Village January 29th, 10am-12.30pm Featuring Kids Entertainers Starfish, Face Painting, Story Telling, Toys, Races and Bouncy Castle Bring your favourite bear for prizes! Contact Albany Community Co-ordinator 448 5363 Shops still empty in Takapuna By SARAH CODDINGTON Vacancies are down, but 11 shops still lie empty in cen- tral Takapuna. The North Shore Times counted the closed shops and three shops about to shut down on a stroll down Lake Rd, Hurstmere Rd and The Strand. This is only about 2 percent of the total of 380 shops in the area, Takapuna Beach Business Association general manager Peter White says. About 40 shops were vacant in Takapuna in June. Living and Giving and Toys R Fun are the most recent of the high-end shops that have closed their doors. Mr White says Living and Giving will be replaced with a national homeware store and there is something planned forToysRFunthatistobe announced. Two children's stores are among ones to close including Homeware and Toys and Seedling Kids store. Some of the shops are vacant because of legal reasons and others are pop- up stores, Mr White says. The world is just coming out of the most difficult financial period for decades and businesses are strug- gling. That being said, a lot of the stores over the Christmas period said they were doing the best they had in seven years,'' he says. Takapuna was reported to have the lowest amount of retail vacancy in 14 years sit- ting at 1.51 percent in a sur- vey comparing the city and Newmarket shopping dis- tricts in December. Auckland city and Newmarket both had retail vacancies of about 5 percent. There have been more than 60 new businesses in Taka- puna over the last six months, he says. A concept store is also planned for the vacant build- ing on Lake Rd where Ezibuy traded. Mr White says the shop will be as ' significant to Takapuna as The Depart- ment Store and Takapuna Beach Cafe have been. It is something that is unavailable in the shopping district''. A tale of two cities By SARAH CODDINGTON Quick bargain: Two dollar shops on Takapuna's Hurstmere Rd. Photos: BEN WATSON Towards the future: Takapuna's Massimo cafe has been revamped to include the beach in its view. BARGAIN hunters are flocking to Takapuna but boutique buyers are keeping their wallets shut. A strategic review revealed sales are down almost 10 percent and Hurstmere Rd is lined with a rash of landfill two dollar shops''. Takapuna's upmarket shops are not opening on Sundays because retailers know people going to the popular flea market are not in their catchment bracket, Takapuna Beach Business Association general manager Peter White says. We need to offer incentives to keep these shops open. We have the best urban beach in Auckland and retailers don't take advan- tage of it,'' he says. The two-dollar shops occupy spaces that have month by month rental and there is a high turnover. But the number of empty shops is the lowest it has been in 14 years, Mr White says. Younger shoppers are also heading to Albany and the review, commissioned by the association, says Takapuna's excellent access to transport links is a blessing and a curse -- it makes it easy to arrive and leave''. We look out on to the best beach in Auckland instead of a wastewater pond,'' Mr White says. Residents were interviewed as part of the business associ- ation's strategic review along with other key stakeholders. The business association wants to see Takapuna turned into a destination shopping area which specialises in boutique stores. Offering festivals at the beach, water sport equipment for public use, setting up a night market and building cafes to face towards the beach are among possibilities. We are not going to accept the glory days of Takapuna are gone. We are going to fight back,'' Mr White says. Among comments made by review participants are people shop in Takapuna if they have tried everything else'' and there are so many crappy shops on Hurstmere Rd they pull down the good ones''. Commercial leasing is down in Takapuna with Anzac St having a high vacancy rate because of monthly rentals. But Busi- ness owners are starting to revisit Takapuna because they can see things starting to happen again'', Mr White says.
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