Published on 07 June 2018
Harris Scarfe and the Devonport City Council have signed a commercial agreement which will see the national retailer move from its current Best Street site to refurbished premises at 17 Fenton Way, Devonport.
The retailer is expected to begin trading from its new site on 8 November 2018.
The site has been the temporary offices of the Devonport City Council since June 2016. Council will vacate on 3 September 2018 and move into new office accommodation in the paranaple centre, at 137 Rooke Street.
Acting Mayor Ald. Annette Rockliff said the relocation of Harris Scarfe would allow for work to begin on the Waterfront Precinct development, which is part of the LIVING CITY Project.
In October 2017 local development company Fairbrother was selected as the Preferred Proponent of the $40 million waterfront hotel.
Under the terms of the agreement Fairbrother will be responsible to develop, finance and construct the hotel and to appoint the operator.
It is expected to take about two years to construct, with site works anticipated to begin next year.
“The move of Harris Scarfe is significant for two reasons – it is the first step in creating the LIVING CITY Waterfront Precinct, commencing the process of opening the river up to the CBD, a key objective of the LIVING CITY Master Plan. Importantly also, the relocation into a new store secures the long-term future of Harris Scarfe in Devonport,’’ Ald. Rockliff said.
“I am delighted with the professional, and supportive, approach Harris Scarfe has taken in its dealings with Council to secure an agreement,’’ she said.
Harris Scarfe Chief Executive Officer Graham Dean visited Devonport recently to finalise the agreement.
Mr Dean confirmed that the retailer was committed to the city.
“Harris Scarfe has been a long-term player in the Devonport retail landscape and are committed to retaining a strong presence in the city,’’ Mr Dean said.
“It is great to visit Devonport, to meet with the Mayor and see how LIVING CITY is having a positive impact on the region.
“Our property staff are currently finalising the new fit-out design and we expect to begin work in September.’’
PICTURE: From left Rebecca Stephenson, Harris Scarfe Devonport Store Manager, Harris Scarfe CEO Graham Dean and Acting Mayor Ald. Annette Rockliff outside 17 Fenton Way. Devonport
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