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Victoria Harbour retail offering is stronger

04 May 2017

Docklands’ retail scene has welcomed some new faces with a few boutique businesses recently opening up in Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour is now home to more than 70 retailers and it is estimated that, by 2021, its 3750 residents will spend about $245 million per year on retail and 55,000 people will work there.

While the number of businesses continues to grow, the variety of retailers is also improving. Developer Lendlease is turning its focus from hospitality to creative boutiques to diversify the retail offering.

Jade Anderson recently opened her Wawa Chocolatier boutique near the Knowledge Market in February and she said local retail scene had its own unique environment.

“Because Docklands is still a relatively new area, there’s a lot of opportunities down here that you won’t find in more established areas like the CBD,” Ms Anderson said.

“It’s such a beautiful spot down here, with the park, the library and the water. It’s a refreshing change from the CBD.”

Wawa Chocolatier specialises in small batches of handmade chocolate bars made with unique blends of local and ethical ingredients. Ms Anderson said Victoria Harbour was in the process of welcoming more creative and quirky shops like hers.

“From a food perspective, it’s quite diverse down here. But retail is gradually catching up too,” she said.

“For people who have already been following my products, I’m quite proud when they come to Victoria Harbour. It’s just a really nice spot for them to come and find me.”

For the first time ever, a mixed-martial arts studio has also opened in Victoria Harbour.

Jab MMA Fitness opened in April and director Graeme Stephenson said Docklands was just the location it was looking for.

“We didn’t choose the location, it chose us. I can see Docklands is quickly expanding and there is a very healthy culture here,” Mr Stephenson said.

He said the existing medical centre, physiotherapy centre and massage spa in Victoria Harbour all complemented the mixed-martial arts studio perfectly well.

“Our goal is to make Docklands fitter and healthier. We want people in Docklands to get away from their desk and exercise more.”

Freshii, a restaurant that offers healthy and energising meals, will also open up its franchise in Victoria Harbour. Cafe Billy Barista will arrive in May.

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