After months of refurbishment, stage one of the Ponsonby Central development will open this Saturday.
A 1950s character building on Ponsonby Rd has transformed from a worn-out warehouse to a market-like complex, and customers will be greeted by a pair of large bronze lions that project co-ordinator Leah La Hood found on Trade Me.
"They were in someone's back yard up north and they were coated black. So we got someone to take them back by hand," she says.
"We wanted something that the kids could climb on."
Retailers like Wallace Cotton and Zoo Warehouse at the front of the building will hold their grand opening this weekend.
Also opening will be The Lane, a path between Brown St and Richmond Rd, which is lined with eateries chosen by La Hood and owner Andy Davies.
Included in the offerings are Tokyo Club, Dante's Pizza and Wang Thong.
On Saturday, children from Ponsonby Intermediate School will cook in the Fisher & Paykel kitchen, and entertainment will include unicyclists, rock bands and traditional Samoan performers.
Stage two of the project - a fresh food market at the back of the complex - will open on December 1.
- Auckland City Harbour News
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