Tauranga CBD has surge of recent ‘renewed vitality’, agent says ‘tide has turned’

There is a “renewed energy” returning to the CBD, experts say. But it is a “work in progress”. Photo / NZME

A “surge” of new businesses moving to Tauranga’s CBD is energizing the city center, experts say.

But one commercial property director says while the first floor retail store looks less empty, it won’t be

Ray White Commercial Tauranga Director Philip Hunt.  Photo / NZME Ray White Commercial Tauranga Director Philip Hunt. Photo / NZME

But First Dessert owners Adele De'Arth (25) and Natalie Connolly (26).  Photo / Zoe HunterBut First Dessert owners Adele De’Arth (25) and Natalie Connolly (26). Photo / Zoe Hunter

ReMaker's John Paine has moved to the heart of the CBD.  Photo / George NovakReMaker’s John Paine has moved to the heart of the CBD. Photo / George Novak

Philia is the other half of Thirty Eight Elizabeth's food and drink terrace.  Photo / included Philia is the other half of Thirty Eight Elizabeth’s food and drink terrace. Photo / included