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Sophistication and upmarket dining is set to return to Takapuna. First it was The Department Store (voted best retail store in the World) and now The Mckenzie’s project is nearing completion. The high-end development aims to recapture the spirit of the 1940s McKenzies department store that once stood on the site and lured shoppers to Takapuna’s main street – Hurstmere Road. Construction began late last year and fit-out work of the restaurants, bars and shops is due to begin soon with opening planned for May. Pack & Company is known for its bars and restaurants in the swish IMPERIAL LANE development in Auckland city and will take up five tenancies – half of the development.

This covers all hospitality including an upmarket restaurant, bar/bistro, Danish patisserie and whisky/wine bar. Details of the operators are being kept under wraps and tenants for the high-end fashion stores are still to be confirmed. The development helps right the wrong by opening Takapuna up to face the beach with a paved lane linking Hurstmere Rd to The Strand (long overdue and shocking to think that most commercial properties turn their back onto the beach – what were our forefathers thinking !). Striking tulip parasols, a living wall of plants and artwork will be key features of the internal courtyard that faces high-end fashion shops. The courtyard doubles as a function space and last week BMW was already using it to launch its latest luxury car. Features of the original McKenzies and neighbouring Lane’s Bakery buildings have been retained including brickwork, wooden beams and steel framework.





 
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A few establishments have opened and they are classy with a Capital C ... the courtyard is awesome and I look forward to everything opening real soon. All in all a fantastic addition to Takapuna :cheers:
 
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The Commons - Sophisticated bar, bistro & fine-dining restaurant
Little Empire - Intimate whisky & wine bar
Elske - Danish patisserie & cafe
Mexico - Mexican food and liquor (opening tomorrow)
Cafe - Dutch style cafe from the team behind Zus & Zo
Retail Stores - To be advised soon


Some great photos of the McKenzies Precint on their website.
 
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Thanks for the info MK .. it is a fantastic development, I only wish that The Department Store was also located there ... who knows, in time they might relocate to phase 2 :) I have posted the images in the STYLE CITY thread
 

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McKENZIES by craigsydnz, on Flickr


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I was there yesterday, a bit underwhelming to be honest! Just like a cafe/ restaurant, a bakery, and 1 shop. "rivals Britomart" yeah right! And Im a shore boy through and through!
 

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I think you need to remember that this is simply the first stage and what will really be impressive is when they complete the second phase facing the sea. Besides, these projects are vital as they serve as huge catalysts for the area. So you have two major upgrades in the form of Mckenzies and the Hurstmere plaza taking place at the moment which will cause a knock on effect along the strip.

What is really underwhelming are the huge car parks facing the sea - the best spot - reserved for the dinosaur of transport.

 

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North Wharf round a courtyard instead of on the water.

Tapa's at The Commons were very good as was the wine list. This place will pump on a summers evening. Welcome addition to Takapuna. If I was Kevin Schwass I would be concerned.

Having spent the weekend at Wynyard 1/4, Vic Pk Market and McKenzies and ghoing to Federal St on Wednesday have to say the additions to Akl's dining scene in just over 12 mths are astounding
 
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The first retail store at McKenzies opened earlier this month.

HUFFER



The original McKenzies building is about to get 6 new fashion retail stores.. To be announced soon.

After using the interior of the building to assist with fitout of the bars and restaurants, storage and recently for the HUFFER Fashion Week show/party, we can now push ahead with the Fashion retail stores..

Thanks for your patience everyone! We want the best for Takapuna and getting the best does take time..

Summer in Takapuna is going to go off! :)
 
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