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Large New Lynn retail centre at 12 Margan Avenue for sale

Large New Lynn retail centre at 12 Margan Avenue for sale 1536x1040

New Lynn retail complex ripe for redevelopment

A large New Lynn retail centre on a corner site with massive exposure to one of West Auckland’s main arterials provides split-risk holding income and abundant future redevelopment potential.

The property at 2 Margan Avenue comprises a 3,556sq m suburban shopping centre with eight retail units, 65 car parks and two income-producing billboards.

It occupies an 8,157sq m freehold site with about 100m of frontage to Margan Ave and some 60m to Titirangi Road – the main route to popular Titirangi as well as Waitakere’s iconic surf beaches.

Business Mixed Use zoning allows for intensive redevelopment of up 16m in height, with a range of uses including retail, residential, commercial or a mix of these.

Colliers International is marketing the property for sale by deadline private treaty closing on Wednesday 28 August, unless it is sold earlier.

Gareth Fraser, Auckland Director of Investment Sales, says the property provides multiple options for add-value investors, land bankers and developers.

“This is a chance to secure a high-exposure property with holding income and a site layout that is well-suited to staged redevelopment.

“Due to its redevelopment potential, the existing owners have not focused on leasing vacancies or maximising terms with existing tenants.

“This presents an opportunity to negotiate these terms to maximise the holding income, which currently sits at $610,562.67 net per annum, after operating expenses.

“A combination of re-leasing and staged redevelopment would allow a new owner to generate more rental income pending future redevelopment.”

West Auckland Broker James Appleby says Margan Ave is well located in the rapidly growing New Lynn residential and retail area.

“Located 10km southwest of Auckland’s CBD, the suburb has benefited from significant public and private investment.

“It is a popular retail destination with a number of large national brands including Bunnings, The Warehouse and Mitre 10 Mega.

“Kiwi Property’s LynnMall shopping centre, 1.2km from the Margan Ave property, was recently extended and refurbished to add a cinema complex and the new Brickworks dining precinct.

“Another notable nearby development is West Edge – a new master-planned housing precinct being built by major residential developer Avanda.

“Located on a 11.3ha site formerly occupied by the iconic Crown Lynn potteries, it will comprise a mix of terraced housing, apartments, retail space and community facilities.”

The Margan Ave property is a u-shaped retail complex comprising eight strata-titled units. The vendor is offering the entire unit entitlement to the market.

Built in 1989, the steel structured building sits predominantly on concrete masonry block foundations and is clad with aluminium sheeting and glazed frontages. It is primarily single level, with some first-floor areas.

The building is positioned near the eastern boundary of the site, which spans two lots.

The western corner of the site comprises 65 marked, sealed car parks accessed via a main entrance on Margan Ave.

A second entrance provides access to the significant staff parking and loading areas, with most of the units being serviced by roller doors at the rear.

Blair Peterken, Director of Colliers’ Capital Markets team, says the property has six tenants plus additional income from two billboards.

“The retail complex is anchored by a 24-hour gym, Just Workouts, as well as a Chipmunks playcentre and a Salvation Army charity shop.

“These leases are supplemented by a laundromat, a fresh fruit and vegetable shop, and a maths tuition service.

“The lease terms range from three to 10 years, allowing for staged redevelopment of the site upon expiry. Rental reviews are a mix of market, fixed, CPI or various combinations of these.

“There is a single 103sq m retail tenancy on a 12-month vendor underwrite, providing income while a new owner secures a new tenant or finalises redevelopment plans for the site.

“Additional income is provided by the billboards, which are leased by Phantom Billstickers and Just Workouts on terms of one and two years respectively.”

Josh Coburn, Director of Colliers’ West Auckland and Site Sales teams, says the property’s well-established location, coupled with favourable zoning, makes it an obvious future redevelopment prospect.

“The site would suit a variety of uses including retail, commercial, residential or a mix of these.

“Potential buyers are encouraged to look to maximise existing buildings and service infrastructure, perhaps looking to extend or supplement refurbished retail spaces with higher value residential development.

“Recent development of townhouses in the immediate vicinity provides evidence of strong demand for residential development, while the rarity of Mixed Use zoned land in the area offers vast potential for retail enhancement.

“At market yields, much of the property would be supported by land value.”

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Gareth Fraser

Auckland Director - Investment Sales


Gareth leads Colliers International's Investment Sales team. The team operates across the entire Auckland market from four strategic locations; CBD (including city fringe), South Auckland (based in Highbrook), West Auckland (based in North West Shopping Centre) and North Shore (based in Takapuna).

This is a large team of brokers and support staff focussed on providing solutions to owners, investors, developers, owner-occupiers and tenants. It features a specialised site sales team focussed on residential land and development opportunites. Investment Sales also includes the syndication division, offerring proportionate ownership opportunities to investors on behalf of clients.

Gareth is also on the Executive Team for Colliers in New Zealand.

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James Appleby

Broker | Site Sales

Auckland West

James is a broker in Colliers Site Sales team, specialising in the sale of residential and mixed use development sites throughout the greater Auckland area. James’ team are  experts in adding value to sites.

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Blair Peterken

Director | Capital Markets


After more than a decade in Australia’s highly competitive commercial property sector, Blair joined Colliers International NZ as Director in the Capital Markets team in April 2017.

Specialising in the sale of larger commercial assets and mixed-use sites around New Zealand, Blair brings a high level of energy and diligence to the industry. His extensive knowledge and educational background ensures he is well-equipped in progressing and developing the Capital Markets team.


Previous Experience

From 2014 – 2017, Blair was Director and Head of JLL’s South Sydney office where under his leadership, the company  grew from third to first in the South Sydney market in both leasing and sales. In 2015 he was the company’s highest fee earner across the Australian industrial business. Blair specialised in the sale and leasing of larger industrial and commercial assets including mixed-use development sites within the South Sydney market.

Prior to this he was Head of Industrial, South Sydney at CBRE. While at CBRE, Blair won the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award twice for his performances and was highest fee writer in the South Sydney office in 2012 and 2013.

Peterken’s top transaction while in Sydney  was the 2014 sale of a 4.9ha business park in Rosebery, South Sydney to Meriton Group  for A$190,000,000

His two biggest leases were the single largest leasing transactions in South Sydney in their respective years. In 2011, he leased a Goodman-developed, 12,400sq m warehouse and office in Mascot to logistics company Toll, and last year, he leased a Meriton-owned 22,000sq m site in Pagewood to WSI Logistics.


A selection of notable sale transactions:

  • Sale of St Kentigern Girls School, Remuera - $40,000,000 +
  • The General  Buildings, 29-33 Shortland Street, Auckland - $42,000,000
  • 110 Symonds Street, Auckland - $38,500,000
  • 1-55 Rothschild Ave, Rosebery - $190,000,000
  • Central Park Business Park,  Greenlane - $209,000,000
  • Bunnings Hamilton South - $25,100,000
  • The Warehouse, Blenheim - $16,380,000
  • NZI Centre, Auckland - $63,000,000
  • Royal Heights Shopping Centre, Auckland - $17,000,000
  • 75 Karangahape Road, Auckland - $23,300,000
  • 5 Nelson Street, Auckland - $9,000,000
  • 66-80 Broadway, Newmarket - $65,000,000


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