Harris Farm Markets has secured a long-term lease on the $450-million Aviary Toowong project which is slated to commence construction in 2022.
The deal will allow the grocery chain a 2,750-sqm tenancy on the State Development Corporation and White & Partners Sydney project. It will be the grocery chain’s fourth store in Queensland. Its latest store to open is in the Gold Coast, whilst the first two stores are in Clayfield and West End.
Co-chief executive for Harris Farm Markets, Luke Harris, said that the tenancy will allow them to serve more local produce and will generate an additional 80 jobs, on top of the current 300 already employed by the company.
Harris Farm Markets will be complemented by an array of retail, hospitality, cafes, specialty shops, and restaurants, as well as a modern cinema complex. Ross McKinnon, State Development Corporation’s managing director, added that having the grocery store as an anchor tenant serves as a peek into the development’s high-quality offering.
The Aviary Toowong is a mixed-use development on the corner of High Street and Sherwood Road. Soon to rise on the 9,000sqm site is a mix of offerings including 150 residential apartments, retail shops, a 20-storey office tower, as well entertainment, wellness, childcare facilities.
About Harris Farm Markets
David & Cathy Harris opened their first shop in Villawood, NSW back in 1971. Today, the family-owned Harris Farm Markets operates its chain of stores in 31 locations spread across New South Wales and Queensland.
The grocery store offers fresh produce, deli items, and frozen goods and is recognized as the first supermarket-style Australian retailer of fruits and vegetables. The store also offers what it calls “Imperfect Picks” – a concept that aims to reduce food waste by offering discounts on farm produce that do not meet visual standards.