Ipswich Council signs second tenant to $71.9 million Venue building

March 13, 2024 7:41 am in by
Photo/s: Ipswich City Councillor Marnie Doyle. Facebook.

A new 14 tenpin bowling alley and games arcade is coming to Ipswich’s Nicholas Street mall.

General Public, which operates three ‘Eatertainery’ outlets in Victoria, has just signed a lease with Ipswich City Council to establish the facility on the ground floor of the $71.9 million Venue building.

They will join anchor tenant Hoyts cinemas in the building.

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The development was approved following an unanimous vote in Ipswich City Council’s ordinary council meeting in January.

Ipswich City Council Chief Executive Officer Sonia Cooper said General Public is expected to be operating at the Nicholas Street Venue by late 2024.

“They will join nationally recognised brands including Hoyts, Gelatissimo, Zambrero, Stellarossa, and Terry White Chemmart, who have already chosen to do business in the Nicholas Street Precinct.

“General Public will soon occupy almost 3,000 sqm of entertainment space on the ground floor of the Nicholas Street Venue, joining the anchor tenant Hoyts Cinema on the first floor and the iconic Hotel Commonwealth,” she said.

Meanwhile, General Public Chief Executive Officer and founder Harry Kourbeis said the company was excited to branch out from its southern base with a site in Ipswich.

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“This will be a one-of-a-kind entertainment and eating option for Ipswich,” Mr Kourbeis said.

“We’re excited to be opening in the Nicholas Street Precinct. The region’s strong economic growth combined with the location, and the other businesses already in place, were all we needed to make the decision to expand from our Victorian base.”

General Public will include 14 tenpin bowling lanes, billiards tables, darts room, event spaces, a great music ambience, and Ipswich’s latest arcade centre with interactive games suitable for all.

Up to 10 businesses will lease space in the Nicholas Street Venue once the redevelopment is complete later this year. Information on leasing opportunities is publicly available here