Another shoemaker shifts HQ across town

Since CMI quit, the Braybrook property was converted into four tenancies.

Urban Shoemakers will shift its base to a piece of the ex-CMI Music and Audio headquarters, now a small business park, in Melbourne’s west Brooklyn.

Urban Shoemakers’ Port Melbourne base, now for lease.

The manufacturer and wholesaler is paying starting annual net rent of $230,000 for the 2195 square metre tenancy, Building 2, 30-38 Export Drive, for an initial five years.

With 80 metres of street frontage, the property contains a 156 sqm showroom and offices.

The 1820 sqm warehouse is accessed from two roller doors.

Gray Johnson’s Anthony Boldrini and Rory White brokered the five year deal which includes an undisclosed incentive – usually given as a discount to rent for a term, a contribution to fitout, or both.

The deal comes 16 months since we reported shoe and leather care product maker Waproo acquired a Truganina site to develop a 4880 sqm office and distribution centre.

In that case too, the business crossed town, but from Dandenong South (story continues below).

Waproo bought a Truganina site to develop a base, relocating from Dandenong South.

Next chapter for CMI HQ

The ex-CMI buildings, now four interconnected tenancies, also features three phase power.

CMI, which was in 2022 bought by Australis Music Group, is now based at 33-65 King William Street, Broadmeadows – a landmark property once occupied by Yakka and Betta Foods.

Braybrook is about 10 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD.

Urban will relocate from a 2482 sqm office/warehouse at 212 Turner St, Port Melbourne – now for lease via Lemon Baxter’s Chris Chartres and Ben Hackworthy.

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