Retail in Upper Hutt
Upper Hutt’s city centre is recognised as its retail hub. Centred around Main Street, the city centre provides good retail servicing to Upper Hutt residents and its distinctive blend of boutique shopping and cafés are attractive to those from neighbouring Hutt City and South Wairarapa. The city’s retail precinct includes some 70 stores offering a broad range of products and services. At the northern end of Main Street is the Mall, which houses an additional 25 stores. Intertwined with these stores are cafes, bars, and other service providers, from shoe repairers through to legal advisors.
This area has seen relatively stable occupancy throughout the global economic crisis and today enjoys one of the highest retail occupancy rates in the region, for buildings fit for purpose. Likewise our commercial office space sees consistently high occupancy in the city centre and surrounding areas.
There are many opportunities for investment in the city centre, both for developers and operators, as well as retail opportunities at a number of our suburban neighbourhood shopping centres.These are located at Silverstream Village, Camp Street, Trentham, Totara Park, and at Brown Owl, and currently provide for a limited range of retail, business and recreational needs.
Silverstream Village has an existing Business Commercial zoned footprint of 1.2ha, and is already a compact, mixed-use urban village sustaining a variety of neighbourhood services. The village adjoins a commuter railway station and has excellent access to arterial traffic routes including State Highway 2 and Fergusson Drive.
Camp Street, Trentham has an existing Business Commercial zoned footprint of 0.67ha, and is a small shopping centre with a limited number of services. However; it is central and within close proximity to a diverse range of activities and developments that could sustain a small compact mixed use village.
Brown Owl neighbourhood shops have an existing Business Commercial zoned footprint of 0.16ha. It sits at a junction of two urban/rural mix localities and offers an affordable option to those new to starting in a retail space.
Totara Park shopping centre has an existing Business Commercial zoned footprint of 0.5ha.