WHARF FASH­ION HOT SPOT

New bou­tiques are set to join ex­ist­ing Wharf busi­nesses

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Ash­ley Carter Ash­ley.Carter@sc­news.com.au

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

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP: Brad John­son and Kristi Etchells opened their sec­ond Bedouin Traders store at The Wharf on Fri­day.

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