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Thursday 9 April 2015, 5:37PM
By Alexander PR


The northwest region of Auckland is undergoing a rapid transformation, bringing with it improved transport links, new homes and community facilities, and a wealth of entertainment and dining options.


Nestled within the developing Westgate Town Centre, NorthWest Shopping Centre’s planned October opening provides an enticing mix of retail and over 15 dining options from upmarket cafes to staple favourites such as Kiwi Grill, Hungry Wok, Pita Pit, KiwiYo and The Coffee Club.


Satiating locals’ desire for fresh and new dining options in a high-calibre setting, and bringing a taste of inner-city contemporary café dining to the northwest, is the owner of popular Grey Lynn café ohSO, Edison Zajmi.  


Mr Zajmi says he couldn’t be more pleased with the potential to grow his business and offer his sought-after cuisine in the fast-growing northwest region.


“ohSO café is known for its friendly service and good modern European food. The yet-to-be-named café we are opening in NorthWest Shopping Centre will offer the same great menu, including several of our signature dishes such as the German Farmer's Breakfast and Nani's Burger, made using my Albanian father's traditional recipe. Locals can expect quality and fresh choices from our wide-ranging menu, from soup and fish of the day, to ‘build your own’ options, and popular cabinet foods.”


“We’re not your typical café – we provide a full table service, and are licensed to offer a great drinks selection including beer on tap and popular wines. We’re excited for the opening of our new café and are really pleased with the fit-out, which will complement the great food with good ambiance. Hand-blown glass lighting, and a plaid-pattern tile floor will be key features to its design.”


The growing popularity and demand for international cuisines hasn’t escaped NorthWest Shopping Centre, with Mad Mex and Habitual Fix set to join the dining mix.


James Tucker, group managing director of Mad Group – the Fast 50 owner of Habitual Fix and Mad Mex – says, “The northwest region has lacked a top quality, modern shopping centre and currently there is no other decent Mexican cuisine offering which we will be changing soon. I think locals will be impressed with not only the quality of NorthWest Shopping Centre, but with the store designs and fit-outs within it. We are certainly raising the bar in terms of store design for our Habitual Fix and Mad Mex stores.


“Both Habitual Fix and Mad Mex feature fresh, healthy menus that are fully customisable. We will be throwing a huge fiesta with the opening of our new stores in October.”


Fact Sheet

The NorthWest Shopping Centre development at Westgate is nestled amongst the new Westgate Town Centre development;
NorthWest Shopping Centre has a net rentable area of over 27,000m2 and includes a Countdown supermarket, a Farmers department store, and approximately 100 specialty retail stores;

NorthWest Shopping Centre is being developed, owned and managed by NZX-listed DNZ Property Fund;
Approximately 475,000 people live within a 15-minute drive of the NorthWest Shopping Centre development, and the region is one of the more affluent in New Zealand in terms of available retail spend;
NorthWest Shopping Centre is located next to the North-Western and Upper Harbour motorways and other major arterial routes. Its location positions the centre to service areas from the north (Albany, Waimauku and Helensville) to the south west of the centre.