An empty shop has been given a new lease of life as a colourful community information hub in Avondale town centre.
Unable to be leased for health and safety reasons, the vacant shop at 1987 Great North Road is owned by Auckland Council and will eventually be demolished as part of the works to transform central Avondale with a new library, community hub and town square.
However, rather than continue to leave it bare, the Auckland’s regeneration agency Eke Panuku has spruced up the outside, added new lighting and is using the vast window space to showcase regeneration projects underway in the neighbourhood.
Currently featuring project updates from Eke Panuku and Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, the window display will be updated every three months with information on the status of works by a range of local and central government agencies who are working to make Avondale a better place to live, work and enjoy.
Iconic imagery included in the window display is a photo from Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections of the shop itself from 1989 when it was trading as Avondale Wholesale Meats. If anyone can identify the two shoppers, we’d love to hear from you!