The $15 million redevelopment of King William Road, to pause in early December for Christmas trade and completion in the early new year, will offer hospitality and retail businesses a vibrant new streetscape that celebrates the fashionable historic neighbourhood.
It includes a flexible floorplan – on-street parking spaces can be transformed into outside dining areas by removing temporary bollards – and vibrant features, including 80 newly planted trees, art and smart parking.
The King William Road Traders Association, which looks after the precinct’s business clientele, is now offering walking tours for future tenants to get to know the neighbourhood and its landlords ahead of the rush.
“The walking tours are an opportunity to meet and greet existing business owners and learn more about the inner-workings of the precinct from the traders who know their customers best,” King William Road Traders Association chairperson John Nasaris said.
“We have had great support from the local residents as well as those customers who have supported local businesses over the years [and] with the redevelopment almost complete, we are looking forward to seeing the street come to life in the coming months.
“These new features – along with its location just five minutes from the CBD, its iconic reputation, and committed loyal customer base – makes it a great time to open on King William Road.”
Nasaris said he looked forward to meeting a diverse mix of specialty retail and mini-major businesses through the one-on-one tours, which can be booked via email.
Louise Hewiston, the co-owner of Denim Iniquity, has provided international and Australian high-end designer clothing at her King William Road boutique for 36 years.
Hewiston said she has experienced all the “highs and lows” of the district and that its “rundown” appearance potentially has meant losing big-ticket neighbours.
But she is confident the makeover will see King William Road live up to its regal name.
“It’s needed a facelift,” said Hewiston.
“And Adelaide has needed its premium strip to look like a premium strip, so I’m thrilled – thrilled for the progress.”
Despite half a year of construction and the impact on easy parking, Hewitson said she didn’t lose sales and attributes her success to her devoted local clients.
She added her landlords were also great during the transition and she plans to stay on King William Road indefinitely.
The conclusion of the development will see the return of on-street parking to compliment the new outdoor spaces and existing parking available at the rear of businesses.
The owner of Swiss Wellness Natural Health & Beauty Spa, Melinda Harper, also said the King William Road Traders Association and her property-owner were immensely helpful.
“My landlord pulled down the fence out the back to allow the two properties to be able to access our car park,” said Harper, who has offered day-spa services and skin care services on King William Road for 14 years.
“When you’re building a house or renovating, there’s always going to be disruption, but I think the end result for us (business owners) should be a very positive thing.”
Harper said she was most looking forward to the widened footpaths and the cafes that stretch right onto the edge of the road.
“It’s just going to create something different for Adelaide full stop, something we haven’t had before,” she said.
“For those wanting to go on the walking tour, we think it’s fantastic. Come and talk to us traders.”
The King William Road Traders Association will host a variety of community events to introduce the immediate and surrounding community to the refurbished precinct, such as Shopping Day Out on November 14 and Christmas on King William Road on Saturday 7th December.
Email King William Road for more information.
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