Eat Street Markets are gearing up to move out of their home at Hamilton Wharf on the Northshore of Brisbane, to allow for a $400 million re-development to move in.
Leighton Properties’ new Northshore Hamilton development will be spread over 304 hectares, and is set to welcome 700 new residential apartments and retail facilities.
The markets don’t have to go too far, though — they’re just moving down the road next door to Northshore Riverside Park.
Eat Street Market’s John Stainton said the markets moved to Hamilton Wharf knowing it would be sold eventually.
“We always knew we had to move,” he said.
“It will be another year or two before we move, though, depending on the development progress.”
Mr Stainton said the move will mean bigger and better things for Eat Street Markets.
“The markets will be slicker and nicer than ever, but with the same charm and atmosphere,” he said.
“Our car park will go from 500 spaces to 1500, tripling our car space. At the moment (at Hamilton Wharf), we are confined because of the parking at traffic situation; a lot of people are parking on the street and getting fined.”
“The new area is an easy accessible point too, with the Northshore Ferry terminal right there.”
Mr Stainton said the move would give Eat Street Markets access to another hectare of land with the Northshore Riverside Park being located next door.
“The park is a real bonus,” he said.
“It will be (Eat Street Markets) the best thing to do on a Saturday, the family can put the picnic rug out and the kids can play, all while eating incredible food,” he said.
“The new area has a great view of the city and river too. We are practically on the river.”
The markets are already one of Brisbane’s most attractive events, increasing in popularity since first started. The markets are packed every weekend, with its incredibly delicious foods and live entertainment why wouldn’t it be?
However, Mr Stainton believes there is room for improvements with the move.
“It’s very exciting for us, we’ve been planning the move and we’ve learnt so much already and where we can improve,” he said
“It brings us exciting new opportunities, but I can’t tell you what they are yet.”