Victoria Park Market shops still empty

MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012
Victoria Park Market
VICTORIA PARK MARKET: About 18 shops are still to be leased and 60 shops and offices yet to be sold.

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Difficulties in refurbishing the historic Victoria Park Market and attracting retailers have delayed the opening of the $20 million project by at least three months.

The site, which originally opened in 1905 as a refuse station, has been under renovation for the last three years.

About 18 shops are still to be leased and 60 shops and offices yet to be sold, project management team member Shelley Mitchell said.

About 85 per cent of the shops have opened with food, hospitality and retail tenants.

The project was expected to be finished last month with February now like a more likely date for completion.

Construction was taking longer than expected because of earthquake proofing, and another pavilion being built, Mitchell said.

Mozaik Cafe and bars and restaurants The Oak Room, Atico, La Zappa, Libertine and Casa Gelato are already open.

Also open are homeware store Loft Living, skincare shop Henrietta's Habitat and clothing retailers Nike Platinum, Designer Direct and Fem Fashion. The market is also home to numerous stalls.

A professional nail bar, make-up shop, convenience store and Lotto outlet are among stores soon to open.

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