WHARF FASHION HOT SPOT
New boutiques are set to join existing Wharf businesses
MOOLOOLABA’S newest retail ventures will soon open their doors as part of The Wharf’s $10 million refurbishment, joining a mix of attractions already operating at the precinct.
Janine Gee, director of The Wharf’s management and leasing agent, Transact Property Group, said the new stores were another step to the precinct becoming a top destination on the Coast.
“It’s really exciting, what’s happening down here at The Wharf. It’s a place where you can come and meet, eat and explore,” she said.
Three boutiques have joined the array of restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions just in time for the holiday season.
Homewares and fashion boutique Bedouin Traders has expanded from its original store at Peregian Beach to join Meraki Thread Co and Mikimi Resortwear.
Owner Brad Johnson said even with the recent wet weather, business had been “fantastic” since the store opened on Friday.
Mr Johnson said since launching at Peregian last year, he’d been asked by customers to open a second store.
“It’s an amazing location and we took advantage of being part of this amazing new development,” he said.
Once purely a tourist attraction, Mrs Gee said The Wharf was now a great place for locals and tourists.
“We are marketing The Wharf as a whole to the locals, as well as the tourists.
“It’s been wonderful to see the number of locals that have actually returned to The Wharf.”
Since the completion of stage one of the refurbishment in December last year, visitation to the precinct has increased to about 500,000 people a year.
“We just love how much it’s changed, and how it’s all coming together,” she said.
Mrs Gee said more businesses would open in the coming months, with the development expected to be finalised in July next year.
...we took advantage of being part of this amazing new development
— Brad Johnson
SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP: Brad Johnson and Kristi Etchells opened their second Bedouin Traders store at The Wharf on Friday.