Tuesday April 26 2016
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Big plans for Bush Inn ‘Unique’ retailers and specialty stores on the cards BIGGER AND BETTER: Property and development manager Andy Bell said it is time for a change with new customer demographic. Below: An artist’s impression of the redevelopment. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN
Thirty new retailers will be introduced as Bush Inn Centre redevelops into a “Melbournesque” mix of speciality food stores, boutique offerings and eateries. The busy shopping centre’s redevelopment will be finished mid-next year, with an added 3000 sq m of shopping space and about 90 retailers. Property and development manager Andy Bell said it is looking to boost its current stable of more than 60 retailers by 30 “unique” retailers. “We’re really attracting young professionals and families, so it’s time to create a very contemporary centre and build on the food offering we already have. “We’re looking at speciality stores, with a deli, craft beers, leather goods, cosmetics – real
specialist independent retailers, not your bog-standard mall.” The change is led by the addition of new eateries, such as Carl’s Jr. and the New York Deli, which are attracting a new demographic, Mr Bell said. “The recent addition of a whole raft of new restaurants is giving us a real fresh food lineup and it’s changing how we operate.” The new 3000 sq m Bush Inn
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building, with Riccarton Rd frontage, is set to be joined to the current mall with covered pedestrian and vehicle access. It should also help clear up any current car parking issues by encouraging customers to use the underground parks, Mr Bell said. “The underground park is definitely not as utilised as it could be. We’re looking at the whole mall – stores, signage,
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parking, everything.” The mall is set to stay open while it is redeveloped, with “absolutely no” disruption to tenants or customers, Mr Bell said.
DEANS FARM BUILDING TO BE RESTORED One of Christchurch’s oldest buildings has survived both the earthquakes and a fire, and will now be restored. The brick Deans Farm building at Christchurch Boys’ High School is set to be rebuilt to be used as a museum and uniform store. One of the farm buildings, which were about 150 years old, was destroyed in the earthquakes and had to be demolished, while the remaining buildings were badly damaged in an arson in January. REPAIRS IN HEI HEI The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team is working in Hei Hei this week replacing part of the wastewater main and laterals in Ranui St. A small section of Ranui St will be closed while the crews dig down to the damaged pipes and replace them. ROAD NAME The Riccarton-Wigram Community Board has approved the road name St Brendans Lane in Templeton. The name of the road has come as part of a new residential subdivision of six allotments in Templeton. The site is the former St Brendans Roman Catholic Church which was demolished after the earthquake.
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