In a Queensland first, Colliers together with the Nicholas Street Precinct team have secured a tenant for the Ipswich Nicholas Street Precinct, with General Public securing almost 3,000 square metres of entertainment space in the precinct, joining anchor tenant Hoyts Cinema and Hotel Commonwealth.

Colliers retail leasing agents Ishbel Jones, Chloe Lonergan and Jack Thynne struck the deal for General Public in their first opening outside of Victoria.

Colliers Queensland retail leasing manager, Ishbel Jones said the new flagship eatertainery will be home to state-of-the-art arcade games, a 14-lane bowling alley, golf simulators, electronic darts, pool tables, delicious food and fully licenced drink offerings.

“As their fourth opening Australia-wide, General Public will be a one stop shop entertainment venue from the team behind Tunzafun,” Jones said.

“We’re witnessing a shift in the entertainment landscape, with a growing inclination towards physical activity. The inclusion of golf simulators is poised to draw a fresh wave of patrons to the precinct. The advent of General Public, expected to open later in 2024, will not only bolster the existing retail ecosystem but also entice a surge of new businesses to the precinct.”

General Public CEO and founder, Harry Kourbeis said the company was excited to branch out from its southern base with a site in Ipswich.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind entertainment and eating option for Ipswich. We’re excited to be opening in the Nicholas Street Precinct. The region’s strong economic growth combined with the location, and the other businesses already in place, were all we needed to make the decision to expand from our Victorian base,” he said.

Colliers Queensland retail leasing senior executive, Chloe Lonergan said as the largest redevelopment project in Ipswich, the Nicholas Street Precinct will become a leading lifestyle, leisure, entertainment and cultural destination and the new city heart of a revitalised Ipswich.

“With the opening of General Public we predict a significant uplift in foot traffic to the Ipswich City Centre from locals and tourists alike, making the Nicholas Street precinct a unique entertainment destination,” she said.