Development News

United Cinemas and Little Creatures commit to the Bay

Entertainment is an important part of Bayfair’s future, which is why we’re delighted  to welcome United Cinemas, international craft beer gastropub, Little Creatures, and Cleaver & Co bar and restaurant to Bayfair, as part of our $115m development. 

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. 

United Cinemas Australia chairman Roy Mustaca says they chose Bayfair because we’ll offer one of the most compelling fashion, lifestyle and entertainment experiences in the country. 

“We want to be a part of the transformation and offer the people of the Bay of Plenty region an exceptional cinema experience. Each cinema will feature plush stadium seating, 300 electric grand recliners and our 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.”

Not only that, but Australian craft beer brewer Little Creatures is joining us, too - another first for the Bay. Off the back of its first New Zealand opening in Hobsonville, Auckland, our Little Creatures gastropub is scheduled to open in December, in our new alfresco dining precinct.

A mecca for craft beer enthusiasts, the venue will offer well-known and loved Little Creatures beers, alongside other quality beers from New Zealand and overseas. Not just for beer-lovers, there will be a great range of food and wine, too, so you and your mates can enjoy a Little Creatures experience all day - from morning coffee through to dinner and drinks. 

New Countdown goes single-use plastic bag free

We’ll soon have a brand-spanking new Countdown supermarket with no single-use plastic bags! 
Although not new to the centre, Countdown will have a fresh look, relocating from its existing location to a newly built supermarket at the Harris and Carter Streets end of the centre.  

Countdown's General Manager Property Adrian Walker says Countdown is excited to bring a modern look to Bayfair Shopping Centre. “The new Countdown will have some fantastic new features for the community including fresh, new look produce, deli and seafood departments.”

Much like Bayfair itself, Countdowns across the country are focusing on environmental responsibility and the new store will be no different.  "We have a strategy across all our stores to reduce our environmental footprint, and the new Bayfair store will have a focus on next generation energy and reducing carbon emissions, to support our target to reduce our carbon emissions to 10 per cent below our 2015 levels by 2020,” says Mr Walker.

"As part of our commitment to be single-use plastic carrier bag free by the end of 2018, the new Countdown Bayfair will open being single-use plastic carrier bag free."

Bayfair Shopping Centre breaks ground as $115 million development 

13 December 2017

Bayfair Shopping Centre’s $115 million development has been given the green light. 

The highly-anticipated development will give customers 50 more specialty stores, including a strong fashion mix new to the region, an all-weather alfresco dining precinct, the Bay of Plenty’s largest cinema complex - with seven screens and more than 1300 seats - and a new (relocated) Countdown supermarket. 

The investment signals significant confidence in Bayfair and the Bay of Plenty region. 
“Bayfair serves an important role in the wider community as a major shopping destination in the region, which is experiencing significant economic and population growth and huge seasonal surges in tourism. As the region grows, we want to grow with it, and the development is part of future-proofing for that growth,” says Bayfair Centre Manager Steve Ellingford. 

The vision for Bayfair is to be the region’s year-round retail and entertainment destination, loved by a proud community. 

Speaking of the development, Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless congratulated the Bayfair team and AMP Capital, the owners of Bayfair Shopping Centre, on the successful launch of the first stage of this significant development.  “It really marks a major milestone for Tauranga as this project reflects the growth and changing needs and demographics of our city,” he says.

Stay tuned as we keep you updated on progress as construction takes place!