New lease of life for former loos

January 15, 2022 BY

Sweet: The free tenancy at the lanterns in Hargreaves Mall was perfect timing for lolly maker Libby Torney. Photo: SUPPLIED

LOCAL businesses are being encouraged to apply for temporary tenancies, available in both late January and late February, within the ingeniously “refitted and repurposed” former toilets in the much-maligned Hargreaves Mall.

The so-called “lanterns” – angular, abrupt structures not unlike what you might come across at Melbourne’s Federation Square – now sport a “servery window”, and prospective tenants will also be allowed to use the vacant spaces adjacent to them.

City of Greater Bendigo director of strategy and growth, Steve Hamilton, said the short-term, flexible tenancies will be provided at no cost to successful applicants, with the municipality promising to provide “significant logistical support.”

“The pop up spaces are suitable for all kinds of businesses from micro-retailers, creatives, start-ups, home-based or online ventures to fitness and wellbeing professionals who are interested in using these centrally located spaces,” he said.

“The activities at the lanterns will complement the existing businesses in Hargreaves Mall and these new tenants will have the opportunity to raise their profile and promote their brand, products or services or host pop up events in the heart of the city.

“Hargreaves Mall is changing, and the lanterns initiative is part of many exciting opportunities taking place including the installation of a big screen next February, construction of the new ACCOR Mantra Hotel, followed by a new shade shelter and landscaping to create a welcoming space.”

The former toilets have already been successfully occupied by local lolly maker Libby’s Lollygogs and IT business Mae and Jose.

To apply for a free, short-term tenancy, contact City activation officer Michele Bauer on 5434 6000.