Village feel with speciality shopping

6 Mar
Candice and Mauro Pascolutti enjoying a family lunch at Manalos Delicatessen. Picture Allison McNiven

Candice and Mauro Pascolutti enjoying a family lunch at Manalos Delicatessen. Picture Allison McNiven

By Allison McNiven, Bond Journalism Student 

The growing trend of speciality, fine food emporiums on the Gold Coast has continued with the city’s latest retail development Capri on Via Roma.

Capri on Via Roma epitomizes the modern lifestyle of the Gold Coast by infusing a stylish social and culinary experience along with traditional shopping.

Located on Isle of Capri, the $50 million dollar shopping precinct features a comprehensive range of speciality stores including a full service supermarket, an artisan bakery, master butchery, delicatessen, florist, health food store, chocolatier, several fine dining venues and much more.

The iconic Gold Coast location, which locals say has been crying out for redevelopment for years, finally opened it doors December 2013.

The objective was to bring something different to the Gold Coast by offering a unique waterfront shopping and dining experience where customers’ needs are catered for under one roof.

The centre’s marketing manager Cherise Hoefler said the owner took inspiration from a popular American supermarket chain featuring good, wholesome food.

“They loved the concept of Wholefoods in America, particularly in Houston, and wanted to create a similar hub where foodies could come and get all their groceries in one spot,” said Ms Hoefler

The development emphasises the trendy social shopping and cafe culture of the Gold Coast by placing quality retail outlets in an alfresco waterfront setting.

Retailers were hand picked by developers to ensure the mix and quality of tenants was crème de la crop.

Capri on Via Roma has helped revitalize trade and growth in the area and generate a sense of community spirit among residents and local businesses.

Local elderly couple Jan and Harold Spring are overjoyed by the return of a local village market for their fresh food and produce.

“With good food, friendly service and a beautiful outlook we hardly have any reason to leave the neighbourhood these days,” said Mrs Spring.

Owner of The Greener Grocer Raymond Pettit is passionate about providing customers with a superior fresh food concept that’s focused on quality produce at competitive prices.

“Our produce is fresh as it gets coming straight from the farm and right onto our shelves for purchase the same day,” said Mr Pettit.

Capri local Jennifer Ives Said: “As a busy mum of three it’s fantastic having a convenient spot just down the road where I can buy fresh, organic produce and support local businesses.

“It’s become a favourite meeting place for coffee with girlfriends because it has the sophistication of an upmarket shopping centre while maintaining a special village charm and intimacy.”

The centre was designed by BDA Arhitecture, who recently won the 2014 Gold Coast/ Northern Rivers Regional Project of the Year for Capri on Via Roma.

For more information on Capri on Via Roma visit their website


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