LynnMall celebrates 60th anniversary with 35c coffees and $6 food deals

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With the cost of living crisis continuing to pack a punch on our wallets, many of us will have given up our daily dose of barista-made caffeine now the average cost of a cuppa is sitting around $5.50.

But Aucklanders can rejoice this week as for three days, they can score a store-bought coffee for just $0.35. Yes, 35 cents. Here's what you need to know.

The initiative marks the 60th birthday of Aotearoa's first indoor shopping centre LynnMall, which will officially celebrate its diamond anniversary on October 30. The centre opened that day in 1963, offering the West Auckland community a variety of amenities, shops and services under one roof.

Throughout the month of October, LynnMall will be commemorating its milestone anniversary with a series of specials and activities that pay homage to its history, including 35c coffees (the cost of a cuppa back in 1963) from Monday, October 9 to Wednesday, October 11.

Shoppers can visit the customer service desk to secure their voucher (35c Eftpos, 40c cash), which can be redeemed at any of the six participating retailers: Bodrum Kitchen (a small), Espresso Caffe (medium), Kage (medium), Muffin Break (medium), Starbucks (short), and The Coffee Club (regular). FYI, there are only a limited number of vouchers available, and only one can be purchased per customer per day.

"We are so proud to have reached such a significant milestone and can't wait to gather with our customers, retailers and wider community to celebrate together," said LynnMall marketing manager Karla Robertson.  

LynnMall carpark entrance (and Woolworths) in the 1960s.
LynnMall carpark entrance (and Woolworths) in the 1960s. Photo credit: Supplied

What else is on?  

Fashion Display

Style-conscious customers will have the chance to reflect on fashion from the past 60 years at a special showcase curated by Auckland personal stylist and image consultant, Coby Haimes. The showcase will feature a range of designs from retailers that have been mainstays of the centre since it opened, such as Farmers.   

When: Monday, October 2 - Sunday, October 29  

$6 Foodie Deals

Customers can snap up lunch for $6 at participating retailers later this month.  

When: Monday, October 23 - Sunday, October 29  

Where: Bodrum Kitchen, Dunkin Donuts, Foo Du, Kage, Muffin Break, Rolls of Vietnam, Starbucks, Upper Crust.  

The outdoor garden area at LynnMall (and Farmers) in 1963.
The outdoor garden area at LynnMall (and Farmers) in 1963. Photo credit: Supplied


Customers are invited to dress up and have fun at a special photobooth for the mall's 60th birthday bash.  

When: Thursday, October 17 - Monday, October 23  

Where: Outside Postie+.

Nostalgic Games

Throughout the month, throwback favourites such as Pacman, Space Invaders, Cornhole, Mini Golf, Kerplunk, Etch-a-sketch, Rubix Cubes and Hungry Hippo will be available for the public to enjoy.  

When: Monday, October 2 - Sunday, October 29   

Where: Outside Number One Shoes.  

LynnMall's food court in the 1980s.
LynnMall's food court in the 1980s. Photo credit: Supplied

Final Birthday Weekend

The birthday festivities will end with an array of family-fun activities, such as free balloon twisters, face painting, and mini birthday muffins.  

When: Saturday, October 28 - Sunday, October 29 (balloon twisting 10am-2pm, face painting 10am-4pm)  

Where: Outside Postie+.  

A platinum solitaire diamond ring with a value of $25,000 from David Keefe Jewellers, the centre's longest-serving independent retailer, will also be up for grabs as part of a special giveaway.   

For full T&Cs, check out the LynnMall website.