Whangaparaoa Coast Plaza shopping centre transformation underway

New family precinct under construction at Whangaparāoa’s Coast Plaza

The transformation of Whangaparāoa’s Coast Plaza shopping centre is underway, with construction on a new Chipmunks Playland and an early childhood education centre facility commencing on 1 May.

The work is part of a broader redevelopment including revitalised public spaces, better community connectivity, and new precincts providing a range of food, beverage, health and wellness offerings.

Chipmunks and the childcare centre will be located in a new family precinct in the area previously occupied by Farmers.

The childcare centre, licensed for 125 children, will be operated by leading provider Best Start – a not-for-profit charitable foundation set up by Wayne Wright of The Wright Family Foundation.

The organisation operates more than 260 childcare centres nationwide, from Whangarei to Invercargill, and is licenced to educate and care for 15,000 full-time children daily.

Chipmunks will provide a safe indoor playland space for children to have fun and explore while their caregivers socialise over coffee in a family-friendly environment.

From casual play through to birthdays and special events, Chipmunks has been providing stimulating play experiences for more than 20 years. It now has 17 locations across New Zealand.

The family precinct is scheduled for completion in stages, with Chipmunks estimated to be completed in late 2019 and the childcare centre in early 2020.

Coast Plaza Centre Manager Kylee Meek, of Colliers International’s Real Estate Management team, says work on the shopping centre’s interior will also be carried out in stages.

“The plans call for a new internal food precinct outside the Countdown supermarket, including a sushi kiosk seating some 30 people, and a cafe with seats for some 50 people.

“There will also be staged upgrades to Coast Plaza’s interior aesthetics as the work is carried out, with plans for a refreshed internal retail environment, new retailers and store upgrades."

The transformation will also continue outdoors. Auckland Council has issued resource consent for a new Town Square development including a new outdoor dining precinct.

Among the array of restaurants opening upon completion will be The Beer Spot and MEAN BRGR.

The Beer Spot provides a unique experiential food and beverage offering, with two established locations in Northcote and Huapai.

Numerous beers on tap can be enjoyed by the glass over food or taken home in 750ml pressurised ‘puppies’.

MEAN BRGR offers scintillating burgers made from prime Hereford beef that has been aged for 21 days before being ground and pressed on site daily.

“Coast Plaza is proud to offer the first MEAN BRGR outside its popular founding location at Mangawhai Heads, where it has proved a hit with locals and holidaymakers alike,” says Meek.

The overall vision for Coast Plaza is to transform the centre into the go-to place for Whangaparāoa locals to meet, shop, eat and relax.

Coast Plaza is a locally owned subregional shopping centre with a net lettable area of 19,623sq m including six large format tenancies, 47 specialty tenancies and three ATMs.

Anchored by national retailers Countdown and The Warehouse, the centre’s major tenants include ASB, ANZ, NZ Post, Life Pharmacy, Jetts Fitness, Club Physical and Flight Centre.

The enclosed, split-level shopping centre is well appointed with car parking for some 840 vehicles, predominantly under cover over two levels.


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