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Centre opens with a roar

Last updated 07:44 21/11/2012
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JASON OXENHAM/Fairfax NZ
ROARING START: Caroline Mackersey of furniture store Zoo Warehouse is one of the retailers featuring in the newly opened Ponsonby Central complex.

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After months of refurbishment, stage one of the stylish Ponsonby Central development will be opening this Saturday.

The impressive development is housed in a 1950s character building on Ponsonby Rd.

Construction over the last year has seen the building turn from a worn-out warehouse to a bustling market-like complex.

When entering Ponsonby Central's front doors customers are 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."

This weekend will see the grand opening of retailers like Wallace Cotton and Zoo Warehouse at the front of the building.

Also opening will be The Lane, a path between Brown St and Richmond Rd which is lined with eateries that have been handpicked by Ms La Hood and owner Andy Davies.

Included in the offerings are Tokyo Club, Dante's Pizza and Wang Thong - and each store has its own frontage.

Saturday's event will see children from Ponsonby Intermediate coming to cook in the Fisher & Paykel kitchen.

Entertainment will also include unicyclists, rock bands and traditional Samoan performers.

Stage two of the project, which is a fresh food market at the rear of the development, will be opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 1.

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