Distillery Road Market – Australia’s Next Food Experience Destination Commences Leasing

Distillery Road Market, a compelling destination designed to celebrate Australia’s love of fresh produce, dining and entertainment, is now calling for expressions of interest for a range of retailing opportunities.

Situated halfway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane in Beenleigh, Queensland and set to open in late 2020/ early 2021, Distillery Road Market (DRM) was formally announced as the name of Australia’s next great food market.

Rising from the ashes of a reclaimed commercial warehouse, the 17,000 sqm site is now being reimagined as a space for families, a source of regional growth and a magnet for tourists and the global food generation.

Opportunities for kindred retailers, food vendors and marketeers are now being tendered through Colliers International with over 4,500 sqm of lettable area on offer.

There will be a diverse range of flexible spaces available for forward thinking operators to establish or grow their business. Flexible lease lengths, a range of fitout inclusions and a compelling events and marketing strategy will ensure DRM entices the best operators in the market.

Kenton Campbell, CEO of Tonken Property Group – the project developer of Distillery Road Market – said the retail mix would reflect a growing trend toward more enriching retail, dining and social experiences.

“DRM actually brings together all the things I enjoy most in life – a wide variety of great food and beverage options, curated shopping experiences and a knock-out environment to sit back, relax and take it all in,” said Mr Campbell, who is also the founder of Australian specialty coffee success story, Zarraffa’s Coffee.

“I’m also both a retailer and a consumer, and I wanted to create a hub for everyone – both locals and tourists, families and couples, the young and old – somewhere that fuels all five senses.”

DRM will be established and run like a world leading market; rather than a traditional shopping mall. Trading across four days per week, from Thursday through to Sunday, DRM will transcend what is on offer in traditional retail precincts and transform people’s expectations of what is possible from a lifestyle destination.

“DRM will be unlike anything the south-east of Queensland has seen and will emulate iconic market experiences such as Chelsea Market in New York, Borough Market in London and The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney and the South Melbourne Markets.”

DRM will house a curated offering of fresh food markets, grab-and-go eateries, restaurants, an iconic brewery, a thriving exhibition hall, a flower wonderland, Smokehouse, outdoor gardens, stage and children’s playground, enveloped by a vibrant market environment and activations.

“Our goal is that Distillery Road Market will be a statement to the world about food’s ability to support life and instil wonderment.”

DRM is expected to open late in 2020 with leasing opportunities now available, with the anchor tenant – the national headquarters of Zarraffa’s Coffee, including its roastery and warehouse and its bespoke Kiwanda Café – already situated within the precinct, occupying almost 7,000 sqm combined.

“The accessible location just off the M1 Motorway will attract a wide range of customers from diverse geographical and demographic backgrounds, exceeding a traditional trade area,” he said.

“It’s essential that we have the perfect balance of retailers, vendors and operators to deliver the DRM experience.”

Distillery Road Market site in Beenleigh

Luke McGrath, Colliers International Associate Director, sees a real opportunity to change the retail landscape in South East Queensland.

“Colliers are fortunate to work across many significant national retail projects. DRM is going to demonstrate to the retail community that by understanding the fundamentals of the modern retail environment, we can not only create a truly compelling destination for tourists and locals, we can provide a business environment that supports long term financial stability for operators,” said Mr McGrath.

Mr Campbell believes food remains the social glue that brings people and families together and that DRM will offer a truly exceptional fresh food and dining offer that will excite and attract people from near and far.

“We are searching for the region’s finest operators to join us and make Distillery Road Market a reality.”

Expressions of interest can be made via the http://www.drm.market website or by contacting Luke McGrath – Colliers International – 0418 295 091 | Luke.Mcgrath@colliers.com

Logan Motorway upgrade complete

Traffic is flowing more smoothly on one of south-east Queensland’s busiest roads as a $512m two-year project to widen sections of the Logan and Gateway Motorways comes to an end.

15km of new lanes and better interchanges will result in better connections and improved freight efficiencies. In particular recognised growth hotspots like the Berrinba industrial area and growing communities along Mt Lindesay Highway have convenient connections to SEQ’s major road corridors.

The upgrade delivers vast improvements to the cramped Wembley Road interchange with a new four-lane bridge over the motorway, a better interchange with the Gateway Motorway and new on and off ramps for the Gateway Motorway at Compton Road.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project – promised, started and completed under her Government, providing 1300 jobs during construction – would mean quicker trips and fewer traffic jams for cars and trucks.

“We know Queenslanders want to spend less time in traffic and more time at home with their families and friends, and that’s what projects like this do,” the Premier said.

“This extra bridge at Wembley Road will fix the notorious jams and cut travel times for locals crossing the motorway between Browns Plains and Logan Central.

“This upgrade is also about improving freight productivity and supporting local businesses and jobs.

“Berrinba has quickly established itself as an important southside freight hub.

“Those businesses need quick and convenient access for trucks to connect with major highways heading north and south of Brisbane, and that’s what this project has delivered.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project provided 15km of new lanes, unlocked some of the south east’s busiest motorway interchanges and provided new connections to the Gateway Motorway at Compton Road.

“More than 170,000 motorists use the Logan and Gateway Extension Motorways every day,” Mr Bailey said.

“Communities like Flagstone and Yarrabilba are growing, so it’s important that these important connection points across the motorway meet that growing local demand.

“This project is just one of a series of major southside highway upgrades people will see completed in the next couple of years to tackle congestion.

“The M1/M3 upgrade, works between Rocklea and Darra on the Ipswich Motorway and safety improvements on the Mount Lindesay Highway are all underway now as part of our record $23 billion, four year infrastructure investment for Queensland.”

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister and Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick said the project, fully financed and delivered by Transurban Queensland, was a great example of the Palaszczuk Government working with industry to deliver benefits for the community.

“For too long Wembley Road roundabout and overpass were pinch points for the network in this area,” Mr Dick said.

“The improvements to access, travel times and safety has seen the area boom, with a major commercial and property developments being approved or delivered thanks to this project.

Transurban Queensland Group Executive Sue Johnson said the upgrade to the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways had made it the quicker, safer choice for motorists.

“Thanks to the project, motorists are getting 20 minutes back in their day by taking the Logan Motorway,” Ms Johnson said.

“With roadworks now complete, speed limits are back to 100km/hr – there’s never been a better time to take the Logan Motorway.”

A new 2km bike and pedestrian path has also been built as part of the project, which links Beaudesert Road to Mount Lindesay Highway via the Logan Motorway.

Queensland Trucking Association CEO Gary Mahon said the increase in tolls had been accepted by the heavy vehicle industry in return for the time saving benefits the project would deliver.

“This upgrade is about reducing congestion and better access to industrial estates alongside the motorway,” Mr Mahon said.

“Those are the kind of benefits we want to see, because that helps our industry save on fuel costs, bring more certainty to trip times and supports more efficient freight movement.”

For more information about the project, visit https://loganenhancementproject.com.au/ (external site)

Logan Enhancement Project – fast facts:

  •  More than 3 million hours worked
  •  2 years of major construction
  • 10,000 people inducted to site
  • 70,000 cubic metres of concrete poured
  • 454,000 tonnes of asphalt placed
  • 10,000 tonnes of steel used
  • 93 bridge girders / beams installed
  • 400 bridge deck units installed
  • 5000 trees planted
  • 500,000 community notifications

Park Ridge potential to be unlocked

A strategy by City of Logan to fast-track the development of commercial and industrial land to create jobs and attract new business will turn its focus to Park Ridge.

Council commenced its Next Generation Employments Lands Strategy in 2017. The project is designed to promote and facilitate the development of mixed-use, low-impact and medium-impact industry zoned land to provide greater certainty for business, investors and the community.

A key strategic action of the project is to undertake a Park Ridge economic corridor study to efficiently design and deliver infrastructure. The industry zoned area in Park Ridge forms an integral part of the major enterprise and industrial area defined in the Regional Plan of State Government (ShapingSEQ).

Park Ridge and Priority Development Areas Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone collectively account for 45 per cent of the city’s economic growth, or almost 30,000 jobs, of the projected employment of 66,000 jobs for the city by 2041.

Council’s Director of Strategy and Sustainability David Hansen, said Park Ridge remains undeveloped and untested in the market.

“It is important to undertake more detailed land use and infrastructure planning to increase investor confidence and protect the industrial zoned area from encroachment,” he said.

“Failure to do so will result in Logan losing its regional competitiveness in the supply of major industrial zoned land within the next five to10 years.”

Mr Hansen said Park Ridge risked missing out on vital infrastructure investment unless this strategy is developed and implemented to ensure its future competitiveness.

“For Park Ridge to remain competitive, the efficient design and delivery of infrastructure, including roads, needs to be further explored. Issues such as improved accessibility for the north-south connectivity are essential to attract new industrial development,” he said.

“We want to develop a market-ready industrial land bank and Park Ridge is a crucial component of the strategy.”

Mr Hansen also noted some developer uncertainty brought on by a lack of detail around the timing and delivery of the proposed Park Ridge Connector by the State Government.

Our sporting reputation gets another big boost

An events partnership that has brought thousands of visitors to the city and has the potential to inject millions of dollars into the local economy will continue in 2019/20.

Council has collaborated with a leading national sports, events and conference agency for the City of Logan to host a number of major events in the last 12 months, including the Touch Rugby League State Championship, the Royal Rumble Roller Derby and the Queensland PGA (golf) Trainee Championship.

Economic analysis shows the three events alone generated $1.5m for Logan’s economy and enhanced the city’s reputation as a significant events hub in Queensland.

Logan City Council Community Services Director Katie Barton-Harvey, said Council was committed to making Logan a destination of choice and delivering a broad selection of events for the city’s 326,000 residents who represent 217 different ethnicities.

“Each successful event generates a positive image of the city which translates into increased visitation and investment,” Ms Barton-Harvey said.

“This benefits the entire community and grows our reputation as a sporting and cultural hub.

“The growth and expansion of our Events Attraction Program will undoubtedly see more exciting opportunities come our way.”

Other events under consideration include the Queensland PGA Championship, the 2020 Squash Australia National Championship and the National Inline Hockey Championship.

Council is also on board with the Council of Mayors (SEQ) efforts to bring the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games to South East Queensland and contributed to a recent feasibility study ahead of a possible bid.

Should the Games come to Queensland, Logan will have two Olympic-standard venues ready to go with a BMX freestyle facility under construction and a whitewater park in planning stages.

Beenleigh’s Doug Larsen Park BMX Concept Art

Concept design for the $3.1m revamp of Beenleigh’s Doug Larsen Park BMX and skateboard facility.

Council is currently scouting locations and undertaking an economic feasibility study into the proposed whitewater park project, which would be a Queensland-first.

In Beenleigh, a $3.1million rebuild of Doug Larsen Park currently underway will give Logan what Cycling Australia has rated Australia’s premier BMX freestyle facility ahead of the sport’s debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In a community-driven effort, Logan-raised BMX freestyle 2017 world champion Logan Martin helped design the BMX course and skate-park half-pipes along with representatives from Cycling Australia and the local BMX and skateboarding communities.