Start with 600 free carparks, add in some wonderful community facilities, throw in over 25 places to eat, and for some special seasoning – a few free family festivals, and you have the Northcote Shopping Centre.
The Northcote Shopping Centre has developed into a vibrant and colourful centre in recent years where one can find their general shopping needs, as well as a range of specialist ethnic stores.
In fact, the Northcote centre could aptly be described as ‘the centre of colour & culture’ with restaurants and stores from right across Asia and the Pacific. If you enjoy the food and vibrancy of the Orient, the Northcote Shopping Centre is a place you will love.
Each morning, there are groups doing Tai Chi in Norman King Square, while the afternoons see regular games of Chinese chess around the elm tree in Pearn Place.
The centre is home to some well-utilised community facilities such as the Northcote Library, and the NorthART Community Arts Centre which hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. Both these community facilities can be found in Norman King Square.
As far as shopping is concerned, Northcote is anchored by a wonderful Woolworths Supermarket. If it is something a little more spicy you are after – there are four Asian supermarkets to pick up produce from. There are also bakeries, fishmongers and green-grocers for your fresh food & produce requirements.
While the centre contains traditional retail outlets such as a pharmacy, books & stationers, travel agents and banks, it is the ethnic restaurants that add spice to Northcote.
If you enjoy Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Malaysian or Hong Kong food, your palate is well catered for.
The centre’s food court (Food City) contains twelve different restaurants in Kilham Avenue, while a variety of other eating establishments are scattered through the centre’s Pearn Crescent and Pearn Place.
The Northcote Shopping Centre is a vibrant place with live music every Saturday over summer, and some free cultural festivals such as Lunar New Year Festival in February each year, and the Northcote Fiesta in early November.
Spice up your day or weekend, with a trip to the Northcote Shopping Centre.
History of the Northcote Town Centre
The 1956 Northcote Borough Act allowed Council to sell the lots to any person who wished to build for commercial purposes. The Northcote Borough chose not to sell the freehold land, so as to ensure Council’s adequate control over the development.
The official opening of the Centre was held on Friday 19 June 1959. The buildings and activities built at that time included a drapery, a food market, a green grocery, a hairdressers, doctors and dentists rooms and a post office.
Northcote was one of the earliest pedestrian malls built in New Zealand.
The new Town Centre was to be the first municipally-owned shopping mall in New Zealand.
Centre Upgrade 1990-2006
1992 – Retail consulting group report - Northcote losing competitiveness - refurbishment commenced and Mainstreet established.
1995 – Brief on upgrade retaining its strengths and village atmosphere.
1996 – Isthmus Group redesign car park, simplify mall area Pacific theme.
1997- Mainstreet rate to promote Northcote.
1999-2000 – Upgrade completed with Isthmus and Mainstreet groups.
2002 – Northcote Central planning project – housing redevelopment; rapid bus transport system employment initiatives.
2006 – Northcote Shopping Centre bus project completed.
• Low retail vacancy and half the shops owner-occupied.
• Slightly higher unemployment rate than rest of North Shore and rest of Auckland.
• High percentage of elderly people and children.
• High density of rental housing.
• Northcote’s main attraction is food retail.
• A varity of education facilities/schools close to the centre.
• There is a lot of recreational space in close proximity to the town centre.
• A large number of residents live close to the centre which helps to create a vibrant centre.