Argosy leases to Studio Italia

5:00 AM Saturday December 13, 2014 Colin Taylor

Studio Italia has relocated to 25 Nugent St, Grafton.

NZX listed property company Argosy has leased 1090 sq m of high stud and mezzanine showroom space at 25 Nugent St in central Auckland to Studio Italia Limited which specialises in the sale of Italian furniture, wardrobes and kitchens.

The long term lease was negotiated by Ben Wallace of Bayleys Auckland with Studio Italia also having the right to renew for an extended period, meaning this high profile site is likely to be the home of Studio Italia for quite some time.

Studio Italia has recently taken over the street front ground floor area of the building, which was previously occupied by LaHood window furnishings and more recently Republic furniture, and also has signage rights over the 3028 sq m building. It vacated its former space, a 757 sq m high stud showroom premises in Newmarket, to move into the Nugent St property.

“The space served Studio Italia very well for a good number of years, however it had become too small for their expanding business,” says Wallace.

“They wanted a larger premises with similar strong street front exposure to their previous showroom and the Argosy building offered that with its high stud glazed street frontage onto Nugent Street.  We were also able to secure 15 car parks outside the showroom and in the building’s basement.”

Studio Italia has the exclusive New Zealand marketing rights for a variety of leading Italian designer brands including Poliform, Varenna, Flexform and Kettal. It also has a showroom in Queenstown. It was established as a furniture retailer by Kevin Stephenson in 2000 and was originally called  Poliform. Valeria Carbonaro-Laws, born and educated in Italy, became a shareholder in 2004.

Argosy property manager Tony Frost says the company has undertaken a significant amount of work on 25 Nugent Street prior to Studio Italia’s lease commencing.

“These works are in excess of $1 million and comprised a full refurbishment of the showroom space including polishing the concrete floors and installing a feature stairway connecting the showroom floor and mezzanine floor. In addition, we have undertaken a comprehensive up grade of the exterior of the building and grounds.”

The two-level building comprises a mixture of office, showroom and warehouse space and also has basement car parking. The balance of the space is occupied by Schindler Lifts.

Wallace says the Nugent St precinct in Grafton has been undergone a significant rejuvenation in recent years with substantial redevelopment work resulting in an influx of new office, showroom and retail tenancies. He says Studio Italia was also attracted to the location by a number of complementary retail businesses which had established themselves there.  

The nearby 8 Nugent St mixed use development being undertaken by Neil Holdings is expected to have 1200 people working and living onsite when completed. A five level office building is fully tenanted with a Body Tech gymnasium  on the ground floor. Also completed is Nugent Apartments, encompassing 56 apartments which have nearly all sold, with retail services such as a café and barber on the ground floor.

Wallace says Nugent Street’s central location provides excellent connections to motorways and public transport. Two train stations servicing West and South Auckland and more than 50 bus routes servicing all of Auckland including Auckland Airport are within walking distance. It is also a short drive from the Grafton Road interchange providing easy access to the southern, northern and northwestern motorways.