Stockton Ferry Wharf will soon welcome a new ‘container kiosk’, with works at the site beginning this week.
Lexie’s on the Beach owner Nick Sovechles was awarded a 12-month lease for the container by the City of Newcastle and plans to open a kiosk called Whispers on the Wharf.
Initially, it was going to be a temporary home for the popular café, which vacated its beachside location due to the severe erosion at Stockton.
Lexie’s has since reopened at the beach, while it is also taking on the lease of the container.
Mr Sovechles said the new location would provide a different offering, which would help foster resilience in the community, stimulate the local economy, and promote Stockton as a unique place to live and visit.
“We want the menu to reflect the breezy feel of the wharf and we will be catering to early morning commuters, users of the Stockton cycleway, and families enjoying the new park facilities and Active Hub,” he said.
“We are very mindful of complementing and not competing with existing Stockton businesses.
“We’ll have ice creams, milkshakes, gourmet toasted sandwiches, picnic packs and of course the same delicious coffee you have come to expect from Lexie’s.”
City of Newcastle’s Director Infrastructure & Property, Ken Liddell, said the wharf would be an ideal location for the new business, with Stockton’s Ferry servicing around 50,000 passengers per month and the nearby Active Hub attracting thousands each week.
“It has been pleasing to see our staff work towards getting this container on site and operational as soon as possible,” he said.
“It’s a great location and will service commuters, playground visitors and park-runners.”
During this initial 12-month lease, City of Newcastle will complete its Community Land Plan of Management, which will help determine the long-term plans for the kiosk.
It is anticipated that the container will be installed in the coming weeks before Whispers on the Wharf opens in time for Christmas.