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Make-over at Highbury!

You may have noticed some changes happening at Highbury recently. We thought it would be a good time to fill you in on all the developments! We hope you’re as excited as we are…

Your much-loved neighbourhood shopping centre, Highbury, is set to undergo a facelift that will include a new look for the centre, expansion, and several exciting new openings.

Among the new additions is Live Wire, a family entertainment super park that can also be found at Sylvia Park. Highbury’s edition of Live Wire will be the company’s biggest offering, and the largest multi-activity indoor entertainment centre in the country.

Highbury’s owner, The Strand Trust, is investing heavily to propel the centre into its next stage of life.

“While Highbury is already a cherished local hub, the centre will be refreshed and expanded to bring a renewed sense of pride and ownership amongst its loyal customers and the new families making this coastal suburb their home,” a spokesperson for The Strand Trust says.

“Our vision for Highbury is a vibrant neighbourhood precinct that creates connection with the local community and offers one stop convenience for fresh food, entertainment, and everyday services.

“The addition of Live Wire will be a real drawcard, with people coming from all over Auckland and beyond for the entertainment mecca that will include a trampoline park, inflatable park, climbing walls, tenpin bowling, laser tag, screen cricket, curling and more, all under one roof.”

“Customers will see more changes and upgrades to the centre as we build on what was started in 2020.”

Richard James, National Director of Real Estate Management at Colliers, whose team has managed the centre for several years says its welcome news for locals.

“Highbury has remained the stronghold of its loyal community despite a few challenges over the years,” James says.

“Some people will have already noticed changes underway, including new hoarding on the site, Paper Plus moving to a new location, and Sal’s Pizza is getting ready to move.

“It’s pleasing to see The Strand Trust’s exciting plans coming to fruition.

“The next stage will include the addition of a new Chemist Warehouse, which will coincide with an upgrade of the Mokoia Road entrance to improve street appeal and enhance visibility.

“A brand-new fast-food precinct with drive-through options for additional convenience has been confirmed for the high-profile corner of Birkenhead Road and Highbury Bypass.

“Highbury will also see some new and exciting food and beverage options come to the centre and an extended dining offer.

“The food precinct will offer fresh and fast casual dining with shared eating spaces within a naturally lit, ambient environment.

“While the centre will look and feel quite different, the Highbury name will be retained as a nod to its heritage.”

When complete, Highbury Shopping Centre will comprise 14,000sq m of gross lettable space over three levels, including larger format stores, over 30 specialty stores and approximately 600 parking spaces, with a majority undercover.

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