Centre Place a big hit for Kiwi Income

Chris Gudgeon, Julie Hardaker and Anne Norman

Crowds in Hamilton began to gather at 4am for the opening of Stock Exchange-listed Kiwi Income Property Trust’s Centre Place shopping centre yesterday.

More than 10,000 people are estimated to have attended the opening.

The redevelopment of the centre cost Kiwi Income $40 million excluding $7 million of non-capitalised costs, fees and incentives.

The centre is 95% leased, with 42 new retailers.  Anchor tenants include Farmers with a 7100sq m, two-level flagship store, featuring the only M.A.C cosmetic counter in Waikato.

Centre Place also features a new state-of-the-art cinema with the addition of Metro by Hoyts, a new brand for Hoyts cinemas and the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Metro by Hoyts features five digital cinemas and a bar plus “chill-out” space. The centre already features a Lido Cinema offering an arthouse experience with a further three screens.

There is also an outdoor contoured play space for children, green walls and street-scaping in a section of Ward St that has been closed to traffic, with a covered connection bringing the former Downtown Plaza and Centre Place Shopping Centre together under one roof.

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Nice to see "Hamilton" on NBR. Congrats to Centre Place and Kiwi Income.

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I parked in the carpark above the mall this week for a meeting. It is more expensive than parking in Queen St, Auckland. I thought that the rest of the area is looking tired and a lot of empty shops in the area. I predict a white elephant! Kiwi needs to do more; there are two other theatre's and Farmers stores in HLZ with free parking.

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You cant even pay to park on Queen St anymore...

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