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Festive Season brings fresh enquiries to Emporio

By Dan Sowden
The increase in visitor numbers to the coast over the summer holidays has seen a 50 percent increase in enquiries from
interstate buyers for Maroochydore’s Emporio precinct compared to last year.

Emporio sales manager, Nicholas Criss of Ray White Maroochydore, said one year on after the tragic Queensland floods, the only floods he seems to
be experiencing in Maroochydore is floods of enquiries.

“I’ve met with families from Sydney, country New South Wales, Melbourne and Perth who were genuinely interested in
the residential, retail and commercial opportunities offered at Emporio,” Mr Criss said.

“Most of the people who dropped in to the display suite said they had been coming to the coast for years and were
astonished to see the amount of development taking place in Maroochydore.

“One visitor said she could see the vision of Emporio as a true cultural precinct within the CBD.

“Many people couldn’t believe the growth in the area and were keen to hear about what was happening at Emporio,
including the incorporation of a fresh food market place, similar to the likes of Emporium in the valley in Brisbane.”

Director and owner of Suncoast Fresh, Graeme Twine, said he was not surprised by the strong level of interest in the
Emporio precinct’s fresh food marketplace, noting local suppliers of produce and restaurants alike had also received an
increase in demand.

“I’m sure it’s the culmination of the great weather we’ve been experiencing, the greater awareness for healthier eating
habits and the flurry of visitors to the coast, not to mention the incredible array of fresh fruit and vegetables on offer of
course!” Mr Twine said.

Suncoast Fresh buys local produce from farmers and supplies to a number of restaurants across the coast and also owns
and manages the fresh fruit and vegetable element of Belmondo’s in Noosa.

“This time last year, we were cleaning up our Brisbane wholesale depot in Rocklea after it had three foot of flood waters
through it, so we are just grateful to still be in business one year on,” Mr Twine said.

Mr Criss said the level of interest from visitors keen to invest over the festive season was refreshing and a positive start
to the year.

To view live footage from the Emporio community, visit www.emporio.net.au or call the onsite display centre on (07)
5451 8500 for more information regarding the Emporio development.

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