45 retailers opening at Tauranga Crossing in April

Tauranga Crossing
Tauranga Crossing.

Bay of Plenty’s Tauranga Crossing will unveil the second stage of its redevelopment on April 4 along with the opening of some local and international brands.

Joining fast fashion retailer H&M at the centre will be a number of firsts to the country and the region including Edge Clothing and footwear brand Solect.

David Englert, Edge marketing manager, said they were pleased with their choice of location for their first store in the country.

“New Zealand has been on our radar for some time now and we chose Tauranga as the location for our first store in the country because of the growth of the region,” Englert said.

Tauranga Crossing’s total investment in this next stage of development is well in excess of $150 million dollars making it the largest building project in the Bay of Plenty region.

“We were looking for a location in the Bay that had a mix of local and international brands, extended shopping hours, dining and entertainment; a place with the ability to grow as the population continues to boom, and Tauranga Crossing ticks all of those boxes,” said Shae Borman, Solect national retail manager.

Australia’s lingerie retailer Bras N’ Things and fashion brand City Chic will also open at Tauranga next month, their first stores in the area.

Footwear brands Skechers and Maher Shoes, and beauty clinic Nude Skin and Laser Clinic, will also open their doors to the public on the same day, along with several fashion retailers Cotton On, Cotton On Body, Cotton On Kids, Merchant 1948, Max Fashion, Just Jeans, Hannahs, Sunglass Style, North Beach as well as women’s activewear specialist Aim’n.

Jewellery retailer Michael Hill, stationery brand Typo, Lily’s Florist and beauty stores Shampoo n’ Things, Vish Beauty Bar and Tauranga Crossing Dental and Life Pharmacy will open sometime in April along with Logo Express and Muffin Break.

Tauranga Crossing CEO Steve Lewis said they had been working on the second stage of the enclosed mall’s redevelopment for some time now and are delighted to have announced an official opening date.

Event Cinemas, which features 800 seats, will anchor the entertainment precinct and will include the first Vmax screen with full recliner chairs and double day beds.

Located over two levels, the dining area within the enclosed mall will be located adjacent to the new Event Cinemas complex. The upper level, The Observatory, will introduce a selection of firsts to the Bay of Plenty, including restaurateur Fleur Caulton and Kiwi Chef Josh Emett’s Malaysian-inspired Hawker & Roll, Bird on a Wire, and Ramen Ippin.

The Observatory will also house the first Bird on a Wire outside of Auckland, and the first Cantina de Mad Mex in New Zealand.

The lower level, The Garden Eateries, will provide a more casual dining experience in an internal and external garden setting, featuring a variety of cuisine from around the world including Indian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese and more, according to the centre’s developers.

Several eateries will be new to Tauranga including Epiphany Cafe, Krung Thep Thai Street Food, Otto’s, Happy Valley and Kiwi Grill. Local favourites will also open at the mall including Barrio Brothers and Hello Sushi, Shamiana, Tank Juice Bar and KFC.

With the completion of stage two, the 45,000sqm shopping complex will house 29 restaurants and eateries along with another 80 fashion, general merchandise and service retailers including the two-level mall galleria and dining area. The shopping centre complex will be serviced by more than 1800 carparks.

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