Auckland Airport has announced Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein will be bringing their international store experience to the $200-million-plus premium outlet shopping centre, Mānawa Bay.
The two large stores will anchor the northern end of the centre with a total combined area of 1,400m2, which is the size of over three basketball courts.
They will join other major retailers who have signed up to Mānawa Bay, which include Converse & Hurley, Lorna Jane, Citrine & Co and two brands with their first-ever outlet stores in New Zealand, Swarovski and Helly Hansen, with more due to be announced soon. They are joining the already announced Kate Spade, Coach, PUMA, Fila, Under Armour and Flo & Frankie.
Auckland Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer Mark Thomson said more than 60 per cent of the net lettable areas are now under either signed heads of terms or agreement to lease.
“We’re proud to be sharing a selection of the tenants signing up to Mānawa Bay, it’s an exciting time for this project and the experience this will bring to customers seeking quality outlet shopping in New Zealand. The centre is setting a new benchmark for outlet shopping in New Zealand. It’s creating the ultimate experience for customers, and this is proving to resonate with leading retailers, including global fashion houses, athleisure and everyday wear brands,” he said.
In 2022 Auckland Airport broke ground on the 150,000m2 site in the north-east of the airport precinct. Construction of the purpose-built outlet centre is on track for opening in the second half of next year and is set to achieve a five Green Star rating.
The two-skinned insulated roof is halfway complete, and a third of the concrete shop floors have already been poured, with over 1,000m2 of the floor being poured each week.
When finished, the centre will have 100-plus retail stores with an easy-to-navigate figure-of-eight layout.
The dining precinct will house ten dining options, opening onto an alfresco space, overlooking an outdoor play area. It will make the most of its water-facing location and embrace large, light-filled open spaces. There will be an additional three food and beverage options within the centre.
Opening hours will be 10 am – 6 pm, planned outside busy traffic times and with terminal-bound traffic being prioritised. Mānawa Bay is also conveniently located near a main arterial route, with access to public transport options and is a four-minute drive from Auckland Airport’s domestic and international terminals.
Mānawa Bay will support what’s expected to be the largest rooftop solar system in New Zealand on top of the 35,000m2 building. At 2.3 megawatts, the solar array is planned to support more than 80 per cent of the centre’s anticipated power usage.
The centre will also have zero natural or LPG gas available on site, which is set to make it the country’s first-ever fully electric dining area at a shopping centre.
Mānawa Bay’s sustainability initiatives throughout the building include optimising resources, reducing carbon emissions, enhancing the local environment and supporting local communities. During construction, the Mānawa Bay project is targeting to divert 90 percent of its construction waste from landfill. As of September 2023, a total of 89 percent of construction waste had been diverted from landfills.