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New retail and food precinct for Kingston

Ian Bushnell 27 February 2019 17

What the Eyre Street Market in Kingston will look like. Images: Supplied.

A new retail and dining precinct in the heart of historic Kingston will inject new life into the area and meet the demand for quality experiences from a growing inner-south population.

The ground floor commercial section of the Atria mixed-used development facing popular Green Square will boast the biggest Supabarn supermarket in Canberra and be home to 13 specialty stores.

Atria, with 166 apartments and 400-plus basement car parks, is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019 and last weekend Laing and Simmons launched its marketing for the commercial space, known as the Eyre Street Market.

The Supabarn Farmers Market will be 3459 square metres in size, and a range of businesses are being sought including cafe, boutique retail services, agencies, hair and beauty, medical, takeaway and fast food, and restaurant.

Agent Chris Antos said that while the Eyre Street Market was part of Atria it was big enough and designed in a way to be a separate entity in its own right.

He said it would rival Manuka and, while servicing booming Kingston, it would also attract customers from Griffith and Red Hill looking for a different offering, not to mention the many visitors.

“It’s going to really invigorate Kingston,” he said. “Green Square is such a nice place to sit and be, and by adding all these other services and retail offerings it’s going to solidify in Canberrans’ minds that it is the right place to be.”

From Green Square.

Mr Antos said as well as a restaurant and bar and other eateries, Eyre Street Market could also have the traditional boutique shops at home in Kingston such as children’s clothing, women’s fashion and shoes.

“It’s high time that we’ve had this type of offering in Kingston,” he said. “It’s got so much potential, just looking at the demographics of the area and the average income per person there.”

The aim was to create a cosmopolitan feel instead of the traditional mixed-use retail under the development, with its u-shaped design encouraging interaction between retailers.

“We want to make this a cosmopolitan centre with a bit of bustle,” Mr Antos said.

He was also talking to a car wash service, to be located in the basement for those wanting their prized vehicles to have some TLC while grabbing a coffee.

Mr Anton said it would add an extra feature to the Market so it could be a one-stop shop that caters for all needs.

He said interest had already been strong with three pre-commitments since the launch.

Tenancies are available from $37,400 (excluding GST) per annum.


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17 Responses to New retail and food precinct for Kingston
Wing Nut 8:32 pm 28 Feb 19

Looks like any other “new retail and food precinct”.

Frances Knight Frances Knight 4:26 pm 28 Feb 19

Where has all the green gone?

Julian Rowe Julian Rowe 8:54 am 28 Feb 19

When you thought Kingston couldn’t be trendy enough

Brandon Zubek Brandon Zubek 8:07 am 28 Feb 19

Holly Ellen Kambri that u?

Christine Palmer Christine Palmer 10:02 pm 27 Feb 19

And meanwhile many of the Kennedy and Giles Street shops lay vacant...

Mel Liss Mel Liss 9:27 pm 27 Feb 19

I hope this precinct looks better in reality than the artistic impressions. It looks like a concrete monstrosity, as is Manuka’s ugly latest addition. But at least it’s Supabarn and not Woolies or Coles!

    Kat Dunstan Kat Dunstan 6:24 pm 28 Feb 19

    Mel Liss I agree!! Where are the trees and grass??It’ll be baking hot in summer, and depressingly cold in winter

Andrew Brien Andrew Brien 9:20 pm 27 Feb 19

Mark Wright here you go

bj_ACT 1:09 pm 27 Feb 19

Looks good, but I do get concerned that new Dining precincts keep cannibalising other areas of Canberra.

Kingston Foreshore definitely hurt the restaurants of Manuka and Kingston and every additional restaurant in the inner areas, is another nail in the coffin of the little eateries sprinkled around the outer suburbs.

For every great new Suburban restaurant like Locale in Deakin, we see the likes of the excellent Ridge at Farrer or a little Tuggeranong gem close up their shopfront.

Bethany Williams Bethany Williams 11:41 am 27 Feb 19

But, will there be enough parking?

    Rob Thomas Rob Thomas 6:00 pm 27 Feb 19

    If they replace the development with parking there will be

    Paul Cains Paul Cains 8:47 pm 27 Feb 19

    Bethany Williams catch the tram

    Bethany Williams Bethany Williams 11:11 pm 27 Feb 19

    Paul Cains I would if I didn’t have to do the school drop off and pick up every day!

    Andrea Kerr Andrea Kerr 7:35 am 28 Feb 19

    There are 400 car parks according to the article

canberrarealestate 10:12 am 27 Feb 19

Long awaiting – we love seeing Canberra Grow, knowing a few business owners here are really excited also!

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