New tenants locked in for Nicholas Street Precinct

Ipswich residents and local businesses have more reasons to be excited about the $250 million Nicholas Street Precinct revitalisation after council signed two big brands as the precinct’s latest tenants.

Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee Chairperson Councillor Marnie Doyle said she was excited to welcome Sushi Hyo and Terry White Chemmart to the city’s leading entertainment and cultural destination.

“They will join Gelatissimo and That Dumpling Place as tenants in the precinct that will provide a relaxed atmosphere with great food, adjacent to the Ipswich Central Library on Nicholas Street,” Cr Doyle said.

“It is exciting to know the hub will soon come alive with even more places for the community to come together and share a delicious meal of sushi or dumplings with gelato for dessert.”

Terry White Chemmart will relocate from its current location in the precinct to a larger, more centrally located footprint and pave the way for additional complementing service providers.

Ipswich’s much-loved Commonwealth Hotel has seen AusHotels sign on as the new operator of the iconic pub.

Councillor Doyle said the hotel, formerly known as Murphy’s Pub, has been meticulously restored to maintain its heritage façade and planned extensions will transform the site into a modern dining and entertainment hub.

“The reopened hotel will draw more people to the precinct, bolster local trade and help reactivate the night-time economy in the Nicholas Street Precinct and complement the precinct’s other new offerings,” Cr Doyle said.

“It is an exciting time for the precinct with more prospective tenants entering into legal negotiations with council and plenty of events planned throughout 2022.”

>>> See more of the restoration project for Murphy’s Pub <<<

With its zero-depth water feature, performance stage and giant 6m x 3m LED screen in Tulmur Place, 900 car park spaces and an active calendar of markets and events, the Nicholas Street Precinct is rapidly growing as the city’s leading entertainment and cultural destination.

To see what events are coming up in the Nicholas Street Precinct and Tulmur Place, follow the Precinct on Facebook and Instagram.

The Nicholas Street Precinct redevelopment is a once-in-a-generation project which has included the opening of Tulmur Place civic plaza in November 2020, a new Ipswich Central Library in December 2020 as well as the delivery of a new council administration building and Australia’s first stand-alone dedicated children’s library in June 2021.

It also includes the restoration of The Commonwealth Hotel (formerly known as Murphy’s Hotel) and delivery of a new dining hub and retail spaces.

The Nicholas Street Precinct story can be viewed on the Transparency and Integrity Hub at

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