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Premium Hamilton retail strip hits the market for the first time


A fully tenanted block of suburban shops by the Waikato River, only two minutes’ drive from the Hamilton CBD, is for sale for the first time ever.

The freehold property at 546 River Road, Fairfield, is a family heirloom that has never before been put on the market.

The family trust has now made the difficult decision to sell up, presenting a rare opportunity to acquire what is arguably Hamilton’s best strip of suburban retail shops.

Colliers International has been exclusively appointed to market the property for sale by deadline private treaty closing at 3pm on Wednesday 18 November, unless it is sold prior.

David Palmer, Investment Sales Broker at Colliers Hamilton, says the shops have rarely ever been vacant.

“This is a treasure of a property that has provided its owners with a lifetime of income,” says Palmer.

“The property is superbly situated on the east side of River Road, immediately after crossing Fairfield Bridge from the CBD heading north.

“The bridge is one of only six Waikato River crossings in Hamilton, which ensures sustained high traffic volumes.

“The fact these shops have rarely sat empty, and continue to attract regular approaches from eager tenants, is testament to the strength of the location.”

River Road is a busy suburban arterial route that runs through some of Hamilton’s most prestigious locations.

As its name suggests, the road follows the Waikato River right through Hamilton, from Anzac Bridge in the south, to north of the city boundary.

The property for sale is served by customer parking on both sides of the road, with staff parking at rear of the shops accessed off Banbury Crescent.

Justin Oliver, Investment Sales Broker at Colliers Hamilton, says it is fully occupied by five longstanding and happy tenants.

“The tenants include a hair salon, beauty clinic, cafe, homeware store and boutique charity shop. Together they provide a spread of income for the lucky new owner, who will pocket $107,586 in net annual rent.

“Two vacancies are coming up in 2021, providing an opportunity for an owner-occupier to take possession, or an investor to add value.

“There is also an opportunity to reposition the property to make the most of its affluent residential catchment. The shops are surrounded by houses, while to the north is Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. The strength of this location opens up the possibility of future mixed-use redevelopment.

“They’re not making any more of this classic suburban strip retail, and this tightly held property ticks all the boxes. Here’s your chance to make it your own.”

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David Palmer


Hamilton (Agency & Property Management)

David recently joined Colliers International in Hamilton after 10 years of involvement in the commercial sales scene in Auckland, most recently a successful 5 year period selling Auckland CBD and suburban commercial property for Barfoot and Thompson Commercial.

David brings with him a passion for commercial sales and the sales process and prides himself on building long term relationships within the sector..

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Justin Oliver


Hamilton (Agency & Property Management)

Justin joined Colliers International in 2011 following a three year stint in London. 
As a Senior Broker he specialises in investment sales and leasing covering the office, retail and industrial markets. He has over 15 years of experience in the property sector. 

Having previously worked in management roles for ANZ National Bank Limited Justin brings a solid sales and analytical background to his role with Colliers

Since joining Colliers International Justin has concluded well in excess of $250,000,000 of transactions on behalf of landlords, tenants, vendors and developers across local, national and International markets.  Ten plus years  in the industry has allowed Justin to build up extensive networks across the Waikato and establish long  term key relationships through the property sector.   

Waikato Commercial & Industrial Sale Snapshot;  

• Victoria Street, Hamilton - Office Building $4,100,000 
• Tristram Street, Hamilton - Office Building $3,300,000 
• Wairere Drive, Hamilton - Service Station $5,248,000 
• Ulster Street, Hamilton - Multi Unit Site $4,650,000 
• Cambridge Road, Te Awamutu - Retail Complex $10,990,000 
• Snell Street, Morrinsville - Industrial Building $4,255,000 
• Peria Road, Matamata - Childcare Centre $4,100,000 
• Maui Street, Hamilton - Retail Hospitality Building $3,260,000 
• Victoria Street, Hamilton - Office Building $4,900,000 
• Horotiu Road, Hamilton - Industrial Land $6,750,000
• Tristram Street, Hamilton - Office Building $3,300,000
• Shakesphere St Cambridge - Industrial Building $2,185,000  
• Tregoweth Lane, Huntly - Hotel $2,600,000
• 211 Angelsea Street, Hamilton - Retail Building $2,590,000
• Hood Street, Hamilton - Development Site $2,450,000
•  Barnett Place, Hamilton - Industrial Building  $8,800,000
•  Collingwood Street, Hamilton - Office Building $14,000,000

Leases for: Westpac Bank, The Warehouse Group, Fletcher Construction,  Ministry of Education, Public Trust, APN Media, Coles Group NZ, IHC Corporation. Education Review Office, Tainui Group Holdings, Wallace Development Company & Stark Property. 

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