A world class outlet shopping experience for New Zealand
Auckland Airport has unveiled plans to develop a major fashion outlet centre on the edge of the airport precinct, offering a purpose-built experience that is a first of its kind in New Zealand.
“Fashion outlet centres are well-established internationally, particularly at international airports like Auckland Airport. The development will be anchored in the domestic market while also creating a point of difference and enhanced travel experience for visitors to Auckland,” says Auckland Airport’s General Manager Property & Commercial, Mark Thomson.
Outlet stores have opened up near airports in cities like Brisbane, Perth and Vancouver, offering sought-after premium and lifestyle brands to consumers at often heavily discounted prices.
"The centre, to be located on undeveloped land on the north eastern side of the precinct, will offer a net lettable area of more than 23,000m2 and have a distinct focus on fashion, accessory, and footwear brands, with a quality food experience and onsite parking on offer to shoppers."
The development will be underpinned by sustainable design principles, with Auckland Airport targeting Green Star design and build. It will have a modern and distinctive New Zealand feel, providing strong connections between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Careful precinct-wide planning and ongoing investment in transport will continue to prioritise terminal-bound traffic to create a seamless travel experience for all road users and visitors to the precinct.
The outlet centre will generate up to 500 new jobs across more than 100 stores and food outlets.
“Many New Zealanders will be familiar with visiting this type of bespoke fashion outlet shopping centre on trips overseas. Our development will look to focus on a popular range of brands that will complement the existing mix of retail we have here at Auckland Airport, providing visitors and workers to the precinct more variety and choice.” - Mark Thomson, General Manager Property & Commercial
“There’s still work to do in order to bring this project to life, but we have an extraordinary site, the investment fundamentals are strong, and the support from retailers and consumers for this concept has been very encouraging,” says Mr Thomson.