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Manukau’s new bus station

JLL is marketing space at the new Manukau Bus Station


 

 

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MBTI 06 small-min.jpgRetailers rejoice, a new Manukau Bus Station is currently being built and will open in March 2018 as a state-of-the-art location for commuters.

JLL National Retail Director, Chris Beasleigh says the new station will service commuters, visitors and locals alike and also benefit surrounding businesses such as the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and the local council. “The site has a captive audience already so it is essentially going to be a case of ‘first in best dressed’ when it comes to the retail space. We do see the tenant mix as being crucial in order to please visitors to the station, so we are in the process of contacting certain retailers who would suit such premises,” says Beasleigh. 

The new station will have retail units that range in size from 34sqm to 283sqm and include both internal and external facing units and kiosk space offering retailers a range of options. Manukau is one of Auckland’s main industrial hubs, which also services a metropolitan area of close to half a million urban residents. 

Principal Property Specialist for Auckland Transport, Mark Hitchcock says, “The Manukau Bus Station will be the main transport hub supporting the new South Auckland network.”

The new bus station will accommodate regional buses and public transport buses which will equate to approximately 700 buses per day with resulting anticipated patronage for the new station to be approximately 1.5 million people per year. 

Says Hitchcock, “The new network for South Auckland will mean more frequent bus services, timetabled at least every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week, from Papakura to Manukau and Manukau to Otahuhu.”

With a high number of commuters expected through the station it is anticipated that they will be looking for specific retail items. Says Beasleigh, “We expect commuters to be looking for grab and go items at the station, such as coffee, food and travel items. However, not to be overlooked are the opportunities that come from the fact that the new station is situated within an existing built up area. There will be exposure from local businesses and also a large student population from MIT and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

“MIT caters for up to 6000 students and has approximately 120 staff and the AUT caters for 5000 students, creating an opportunity for youth brands in the area.”

The Manukau area is expected to grow with current projects already underway such as six new apartment developments with a total of 404 units. There are also planned projects in the pipeline which include three to four mixed residential and commercial buildings to be located on a site directly attached to the Manukau Bus Station. The nearby Pacific Events Centre area is also expected to be developed further to include two new hotel sites and 1100 residential homes at Pacific Gardens.

The Manukau Bus Station will also service visitors to some of the local attractions such as the Westfield Shopping Centre, the Manukau Supa Centre, Rainbows End, Vector Wero Whitewater Park and the Vodafone Events Centre. 

“Due to the obvious commuter flows and the fact the station is in an established area, the opportunity for retailers is second to none and really is a win for grab and go retailers looking for their next site,” says Beasleigh.

Read the NZ Herald story here​.​