Development FAQs

The new centre is expected to include: 

  • An additional 50* stores with an impressive range of national and international fashion retailers, 
  • An alfresco dinning precinct, including a first to the market Little Creatures bar and Cleaver & Co Restaurant 
  • United Cinema, a new seven screen cinema complex; which will be the largest in the Bay of Plenty with 1300 seats including 300 recliners
  • A brand new, bigger and better Countdown supermarket
  • A comprehensive assortment of food, lifestyle, general merchandise and services.
  • An additional 200 car parks and cycle parking.

On completion the centre will have approximately 150 stores and 1820 car parks

The development will take less than two years to complete, and will be delivered in stages. The first stage with 30 new stores opened in December 2018, with the alfresco dining area scheduled for mid 2019. Following that the cinema will open as the final stage. 
There will be an additional 200 new car parks taking the total to 1820 car parks and cycle parking (700 undercover). There will also be electric vehicle, bicycle and mobility scooter charging stations.
Yes, the centre will remain open and trading throughout, and will increase directional signage during this time. Our priority is to ensure we provide regular updates to keep you informed about the development progress, and so you can keep shopping when and how it suits you.

Bayfair Opening Hours:
9am - 6pm: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
9am - 9pm: Thursday and Friday

Countdown Opening Hours:
7am - 10pm 7 days a week.

Kmart Opening Hours:
8am - Midnight 7 days a week.
The bigger and better Countdown is now open! The hours are the same - 7am until 10pm, 7 days a week.

Now the brand new Countdown is open, the Countdown on Girven Road has closed to make way for United Cinemas! Exciting ....
Our customers have asked for it! Tauranga and the Bay are growing faster than ever before. You've told us you want us to keep changing to give you the best possible shopping experience, so that's what we are doing! This development is the culmination of more than 10 years of planning and accumulation of suitably-zoned land around the centre. Bayfair's continuing popularity, combined with Tauranga's remarkable growth, means it is the right time for a dramatic transformation. We couldn't be more excited.
The centre will have around 150 stores on completion.
United Cinemas is an Australian-owned, award-winning chain of cinemas, owned and operated by the Mustaca family, who’ve been in the cinema business since 1987. While United Cinemas already boasts 46 theatres across Australia, Bayfair will be its first New Zealand cinema complex with seven screens and United’s “Grand Theatre” set to house the largest screen and Dolby Atmos Digital Sound offering in the region. 

The cinema will feature plush stadium seating, 300 electric grand recliners and a la carte in-theatre dining menu delivering quality food and beverage to patrons’ seats. With the latest projection and 360-degree Dolby Atmos sound, the cinema will deliver a world class movie experience.
The development is expected to boost the Tauranga economy and retail sector. On completion, it is estimated the centre and its retailers will be employing 1500 people. The development construction alone will create upwards of 400 jobs.

In terms of applying for jobs - these will be advertised by our retailers and advertised through the usual channels.
The main contractor is Foster Construction, a building company with excellent shopping centre experience, who have a presence in both the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. Foster construction will be supported by an extensive list of quality suppliers and sub-contractors.
Carter Street has never been a through road and will be shortened to the new boundary. The Bayfair end of Harris Street has been closed for several months and will be closed permanently as a cul-de-sac. There will be no link road through the carpark between Maunganui Road and Farm Street during the construction process.

There is an additional new entry which has opened recently facing North on Maunganui Road.
There will be no additional levels added to retail, however the cinemas will have a mezzanine level.