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Old July 2nd, 2017, 11:07 PM   #2941
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I'm guessing that they're going to build a fairly large building, take a floor for their shop and have several other floors available for lease.
That potentially wouldn't even be a bad outcome, I just worry they won't find tenants to lease the additional space and nothing happens for a long time. I hope this Peter Hanson partners up with a hotel company for the development. Souvenir shop, restaurant/cafe, hotel lobby on the ground floor and hotel rooms (maybe even some apartments which are needed for Cathedral Square) on the floors above would be the ideal outcome imo. I can't see Aotea New Zealand going at it alone so some sort of office/hotel partnership with another company must be on the cards.
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Old July 4th, 2017, 03:03 AM   #2942
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Hotel vacancies in Christchurch 'highest since the earthquakes'

Christchurch hoteliers have experienced a winter of discontent as tourists continue to bypass the central city in favour of places like Akaroa, Hanmer, Waipara, Tekapo and the ski fields.

In the same week the 17-level redeveloped Crowne Plaza Christchurch opened, Hospitality New Zealand's Canterbury spokesman Peter Morrison said the winter had been one of the worst since the 2011 earthquakes.

But the low occupancy of the city's hotels – less than 50 per cent for many – is not reflected in overall tourist spending for Canterbury, which has risen strongly this year.

Caroline Blanchfield says the new ChristchurchNZ council promotions organisation is working hard to spread the word about the city's rejuvenation.

Caroline Blanchfield, business development manager of the Christchurch City Council's new promotional organisation, ChristchurchNZ, said Canterbury had been doing well overall although few visitors were coming into the CBD still.

Large swathes of the central city's streets are still construction sites with many projects due to be completed by summer.

"We used to say we were a gateway city, now we say it's a slippery gateway where visitors get into camper vans and rental cars and slip away to other places," she said.

"We now have new accommodation available, which is important to give overseas agencies confidence to book rooms but there's a time lag."

Christchurch's CBD needed to offer a "better" visitor experience than it did now, she said.

"Tourists come to New Zealand for scenery so they go to other areas like Akaroa or take the TransAlpine rail trip to the West Coast.

"The central city doesn't have the critical mass yet which is why we've set up ChristchurchNZ to promote it."

The agency wanted Christchurch to become the hub for visitors, who would stay a night or two before visiting an attraction like Hanmer, then come back, Blanchfield said.

"By the summer, some areas like the Terraces on Oxford Tce will look amazing," she said.

Hotelier Peter Morrison said the difficult times for the city's accommodation providers were exacerbated by the lack of civic amenities like a convention centre, an all-sports stadium and other attractions.

Bargain hunters may take heart though, with some room rates in city hotels slipping below $100 a night.

The Crowne Plaza is offering discounted opening period rates of about $150 through the main internet booking agencies.

However, hotels often offer lowest rates when people turn up and ask.

Visitor spending measured by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment shows that while spending in Christchurch was ahead 5 per cent in May compared with May 2016, expenditure in South Canterbury was up 9 per cent.

North Canterbury saw a 4 per cent decline because of the earthquakes affecting Kaikoura.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/943...he-earthquakes

Yes it has been a real quiet winter so far. One hotel has just 40% of rooms occupied on average with their staff on one day per week as so little need for them. The convention centre would help but it wont be a complete solution for the industry. It will take a long time for demand to recover to be what it was before the earthquakes. If the numbers of visitors are down on last year it is going backwards at the moment.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 01:23 AM   #2943
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Old July 12th, 2017, 12:23 PM   #2944
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Old July 12th, 2017, 12:52 PM   #2945
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While it's always a shame to lose heritage, this would be an amazing addition to cambridge terrace. Hope we hear more about it soon.

Here are the renders from the article:





Looks brilliant. Fits in the surrounding buildings in design and scale, and has call-backs to the harley chambers while saving and re-purposing another heritage building.
Would this be enough to start a thread?
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Old July 15th, 2017, 11:59 AM   #2946
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In todays Press is a tender for 166 - 168 Armagh St, the empty section at the end of New Regent St, will be interesting to see the design.
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Old July 15th, 2017, 12:14 PM   #2947
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Welcome to Christchurch, welcome to the south

Accommodation capacity in central Christchurch is increasing, but tourism leaders say the CBD needs to focus more on catering to the city's status as the gateway to the South Island.

Tourism leaders want the Christchurch CBD to focus on what it can add to the region's status as the gateway to the South Island, in order to bring more tourists to the central city.

Last week, ChristchurchNZ business development manager Caroline Blanchfield said few visitors were coming into the Christchurch CBD, which needed to offer a "better" visitor experience than it did now.

Christchurch Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns said Christchurch needed to "embrace" it's gateway status, and then maximise the amount of time people spent in the gateway.

interesting story lots to consider for the future for the city more here:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/947...e-to-the-south
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Old July 17th, 2017, 01:41 AM   #2948
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In todays Press is a tender for 166 - 168 Armagh St, the empty section at the end of New Regent St, will be interesting to see the design.
Hi, does anyone know about this? Who's the designer? I heard that this will be an apartment with commercial spaces below.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 03:52 AM   #2949
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That might be the old site of the recently demolished ASB building.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 06:11 AM   #2950
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That might be the old site of the recently demolished ASB building.
No its the empty section attached to the end New Regent St
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Old July 17th, 2017, 06:44 AM   #2951
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New World leaves South City Shopping Centre for bigger site



South City Shopping Centre is losing one of its main drawcards - the New World supermarket. It will move to a new site to the west, across Durham St and span the block from Wilmer Street to Moorhouse Ave. Land records show Foodstuffs made land purchases of more than $20 million from Miles Premises, Kevin O'Connell, and Wairere Holdings. The new supermarket will be managed by the same owners of the South City New World, Justin and Claire Vaudrey. The new site is being prepared for construction for the new New World, and a resource consent has been lodged for its construction. South City Shopping Centre management has yet to reveal the identity of any new tenant for the existing New World space when it is vacated. The South City property is owned by rags-to-riches Christchurch millionaire John Butterfield who was brought up in east Christchurch before building an estimated $80m fortune from construction and investment. Butterfield was at his Fiji home where he spends much of his time and unavailable for comment. He also owns the Smith City site over Colombo St from South City, making him the biggest city landowner by area. Foodstuffs general manager property and retail development, Roger Davidson, said the new store would be modern and larger at 3500 sqm compared with the South City premises of 2700 sqm. "It means we'll be able to offer a larger range of fresh foods and extra services such as a cafe. "We'll also have dedicated carparking and a layout that's easier to access." Davidson said the store would be opened in 2019. Foodstuffs has 19 New World stores in Canterbury and 41 stores in the South Island. It also operates Four Square, Pak'n'Save, Raeward Fresh, Henrys BWS, and On The Spot stores. The 2017 accounts show the group made profit of $341m on turnover of $2.9 billion.

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Old July 17th, 2017, 08:59 AM   #2952
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FreshChoice City Market Opens in the heart of Christchurch in August.

A new FreshChoice City Market in the heart of Christchurch at The Crossing, is only a month away from opening its doors. The store will boast a contemporary and artisan offer with a focus of bringing foodie favourites to Cantabrian shoppers.

The new store will have an impressive line-up of local Christchurch products, including Peter Timbs Meats, Theo’s Fish and Divine Cakes. Christchurch local, and FreshChoice City Market owner, Heather Brown, says that she is excited to be able to showcase and support some of the amazing local artisan businesses.

“We have a lot of amazing producers and suppliers in Christchurch, and I think shoppers will love the convenience of having their products all in one place to enjoy while doing their usual shopping,” she says.

In addition, FreshChoice City Market promises a range of handcrafted artisan breads, hand-picked freshly-sourced produce from local farmers, and a number of fresh dinner solutions produced by their very own in-store chef.

Along with their commitment to freshness and quality, FreshChoice City Market will have a full range of groceries at competitive prices for Cantabrians.

The store will also cater to the rapidly growing business hub in the city, with food and beverage delivery service for businesses, along with a Click & Collect service, which will help make shopping a quick and easy process for those with limited time on their hands.

FreshChoice City Market is expected to open 8th of August.

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Old July 17th, 2017, 07:03 PM   #2953
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So that is a lot of expansion for the inner city supermarket trade, what they really need is a much bigger population base to support them (the 4 of them).
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Old July 18th, 2017, 02:19 AM   #2954
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So that is a lot of expansion for the inner city supermarket trade, what they really need is a much bigger population base to support them (the 4 of them).
They'll be fine. The Moorhouse Ave stores serve a very large area.
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Old July 19th, 2017, 03:29 AM   #2955
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No its the empty section attached to the end New Regent St
I heard that this is mixed apartment and cafe. I have not seen any designs, though.
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Old July 21st, 2017, 08:24 AM   #2956
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