Unique bottle shop to fill a niche market proposed for Coffs CBD

A boutique bottle shop is proposed to be established within Coffs Central Shopping Centre to sell craft beer, wine and spirits. Photo: Woodman Architects.


A DEVELOPMENT application for a Boutique Bottle Shop in the Coffs Harbour CBD has been lodged with Coffs Harbour City Council by Gowing Bros Limited.

The application for a Retail Premises (shop fit out for a bottle shop) on the ground floor of Coffs Central Shopping Centre was lodged with Council on 30 March and is estimated to cost $60,000.

The proposed store is to be called Harts Bottle Shop and will sell principally craft liquors and beers, and boutique wines from small businesses.

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These premium boutique products, such as craft beer, craft cider, craft spirits and boutique wines will make up the bulk of the stocked product, with mainstream liquor products not exceeding 10% of the total products available for sale.

The proposed store will sell products from boutique wineries, craft breweries and craft/artisan distilleries throughout NSW and elsewhere in Australia, as well as potentially similar products from overseas.

The business will stock products not generally currently available in mainstream liquor stores, giving the store a point of difference between it and existing bottle shops in Coffs Harbour such as Dan Murphy’s and Liquorland.

The expression of commitment to a boutique-style liquor store is intended to represent a niche and upmarket contribution to the community in response to concerns of the community.

The proposed store will make premium and boutique products more accessible to customers, educating them on their unique qualities and characteristics.

“This added experience is not available currently at Coffs Harbour and will allow a customer to have a more informed decision when purchasing an alcoholic product,” the development application states.

“The development will provide a safe and conveniently placed retail development that will diversity the current retail offerings in a progressive and unique way.

“Due to the nature of the specially stocked boutique liquor products, this point of difference is expected to draw locals and visitors to the Coffs Harbour central business district.”

The store’s proposed hours of trading are seven days a week from 9am to 9pm on Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 9pm on a Sunday.

To view the development application visit Council’s DA Tracker page on its website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au and search for development application 0888/21DA.



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