NATIONAL retailers have been showing a great interest in the Port of Airlie retail precinct currently being built.
The retail space is on the ground level of The Boathouse Apartments and alongside the boardwalk.
A selection of retail spaces, which include alfresco dining areas, will open onto the harbourside and overlook Port of Airlie's 289-berth marina.
Meridien's retail leasing executive Frank Fabris said both major national and local retailers were impressed with Port of Airlie's retail look and feel and its prime harbourside location.
“This has been the strongest retail enquiry received in the Airlie Beach market in two and half years,” he said.
“National groups are not only showing strong expressions of interest but can see the retail market turning the corner in the next 12 months.”
The retail site will cover 1662 square metres (about 40 metres by 40 metres).
Public facilities will include public toilets and basement and ground-level car parking.
The first stages of marina berth construction are nearing completion in line with the opening of 56 luxury residential apartments at The Boathouse in the next few months.
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