From humble beginnings in Greece, Constantine “Con” Makris migrated to Australia in the 1960s, parlaying his strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit into establishing an impressive retail portfolio that would be the genesis of the Makris Group.
Known for his energy, commitment and passion for retail property, Con grew his portfolio from a fish and chips shop to include a chain of chicken shops and several supermarkets.
In the early 1980s, Con sold his chain of chicken shops and acquired his first shopping centre in Adelaide.
Con’s ability to identify properties and accurately read an area and its demographics underpinned the swift growth of his business.
He purchased properties with good existing cash flow, but with re-development opportunities.
Makris Group evolved to become South Australia’s largest privately owned property group, with an internal management team led by CEO Christopher Harding. The Group includes shopping centres in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.
Through continued expansion, the company has become a major player in the Australian retail property market, driven by a strategy of geographical diversification with a focus on lifestyle destination properties.