Tonken Property Group, the sister company of Zarraffa’s Coffee has purchased a vacant property at 124 Distillery Drive in Eagleby, Logan for $12.5 million.
The 5.4ha site is currently improved by an incomplete 18,000sqm (GFA) facility originally intended to be a brand direct retail outlet centre, adjacent to the recently renovated Beenleigh Rum Distillery.
After the preliminary works are completed, which could take up to 12 months, Zarraffa’s Coffee will be the initial and largest tenant at the newly acquired site. A staged relocation plan will include moving its head office, training, packaging and franchising operations to the site.
Kenton Campbell, CEO of Zarraffa’s Coffee, said the move is part of a strategic plan to future-proof its business and the new location would be the heart of their domestic and international operations.
“The purchase was made with the support of the Logan City Council, with the clear intent to start moving Zarraffa’s operations in a staged manner. We are also looking at plans to develop the property into a retail and food precinct, over a forecasted seven-year period.
“Zarraffa’s and its associated operations currently employ 50 staff. The site development and future operations will create construction, hospitality and retail jobs during this period.
“Our next step will be preliminary works, which will include clean up and set up of basic infrastructure with a master plan to be developed over the next 6 to 12 months,” said Mr Campbell.
Stewart Gilchrist of Colliers International negotiated the deal on behalf of the owner, an Adelaide-based financial company. Mr Gilchrist said he had received strong interest in the property over time given its high profile location on the Pacific Highway and exposure to over 125,000 vehicles per day.
“Previous potential purchasers had a variety of plans for the property including entertainment venues, large format retail, markets, manufacturing and distribution centre and so on.
“Four contracts were issued to purchase the property, however for various reasons they did not proceed. Zarraffa’s was aware of the property, and took the opportunity to make an offer when the time was right for its business,” said Mr Gilchrist.
Logan Mayor Pam Parker said a development such as this would be seen as a significant investment that would deliver employment opportunities to the city and enhance the city's prospects at progressing tourism and related activities for the local economy.
"The site in question has long been an eyesore as an unfinished development at the southern entry point of our city so I am pleased Tonken Property Group has purchased it and plans to do something so positive with it," said Mayor Parker.
"Having the national headquarters for such a well-established and high profile organisation such as Zarraffa's Coffee at the site, along with the adjoining Beenleigh Rum Distillery, will be a major drawcard for locals and tourists alike who travel along the M1 corridor.
"I know that our Economic Development and Development Assessment teams have provided much needed initial support and are committed to ensuring the best outcomes for the new owners and the city."
Zarraffa's Coffee, established in 1996, was originally a roasting house operating from the backstreets of Southport on the Gold Coast. Today they have 73 stores across Queensland, northern NSW and WA.
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