Distillery Road Market aims to be ‘The Grounds’ of Queensland

A new dining precinct set to open in Eagleby, Queensland, is looking to recreate the success of food marketplaces such as Chelsea Market in New York, Borough Market in London, The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney and the South Melbourne Markets.

Located between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, the 1700sqm Distillery Road Market will be open four days a week, and provide retail, dining and social experiences.

The market will be developed by Tonken Property Group, and leased by Colliers International. 

“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,” Tonken Property Group chief executive Kenton Campbell said. 

“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.”

Campbell is also the founder of Zarraffa Coffee, and is bringing the coffee brand along with its bespoke Kiwanda Cafe to the marketplace. 

Additionally, the site is expected to house fresh-food markets, grab-and-go eateries, restaurants, a brewery, an exhibition hall, a smokehouse, outdoor gardens, as well as a children’s play area.

“[Distillery Road Market] 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,” Colliers International associate director Luke McGrath said. 

The project is set to open in late 2020.

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