The second stage of the Kowhai Falls Retail Centre will include seven retail stores, with a combined floor space of just under 5000sqm.
Preparations for submitting a building consent to Auckland Council are underway and the plan is to have the retail spaces open within the next 18 months.
The building, known as Building B, will also be a low energy building and will be built with the same NZ timber structure and Metalcraft insulated panels used for The Warehouse.
Negotiations have started with a number of high-profile national and international retailers interested in setting up in Warkworth.
When Building B is finished, the third building will include a café and restaurant complex, across the carpark from the retail stores. This is likely to be delivered around 2025.
Developer Glen Inger has shown interest in a rustic open-plan restaurant, perhaps in conjunction with a local brewery. The idea is to have a shared kitchen between the café and restaurant, so meals can be served across the day from breakfast to dinner including the highly-requested roast dinners.
The building will also accommodate public toilets and some smaller 100 to 200 sqm tenancies for businesses such as florists, hairdressers and opticians.
The fourth and final build will accommodate a 2500sqm Crackerjack store, described as the “bargain hunter’s best friend”.