Restaurant & Cafe

Mercury Plaza's shutdown date has been made official 💔

Local culture 16/07/2019

It's been known for a while that one of Auckland's undercover icons was shutting it's doors for good in 2019, but now the date has officially been named.

The Mercury Plaza food court, found just off central Auckland's Karangahape Road, will close for the last time on October 31 after 25 wonderful years.

The building is set to be demolished in favour of Karangahape Station, which will be part of the new City Rail Link.

Albert Ooi, the man responsible for one of the building's original food stalls, recalled his time in the building in a recent interview with NZME's Lincoln Tan.

"This food court holds a special place in my heart, and I believe also in the hearts of many Aucklanders," he said.

"It is really like a dear old friend and I am really sad to see it go. I have too many good memories here, and the people here are like one big family."

Ooi said a major drawcard for the building was the authenticity and price of the food, with his Malaysian char kwey teow priced at just $6 in the 1990s when the building opened.

If you haven't already, make sure you get in for a few final meals before the iconic building closes for good on October 31.

Mercury Plaza, you will be missed!