If the 'shoebox' fits, capital may grab pop-up

Popular pop-up shop considered for capital

KATIE CHAPMAN
WELLINGTON REPORTER
Last updated 05:00 05/09/2012

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Post Office Square could soon be home to a giant shoebox.

Auckland shoe designer Kathryn Wilson, who studied in Wellington, is running a competition to decide where her "pop-up shop" - in the shape of a shoebox - will move to next.

So far, Wellington and Christchurch are battling it out for the honour, prompting Wellington City Council to look at where the box could go if it comes here - and to warn the neighbours.

The shop, 8 metres long, 4m wide and 3m high, complete with lid, would start operating next Friday in its new home, staying for six months.

Council spokesman Richard MacLean said several potential locations had been considered and Post Office Square seemed the most appropriate, because it had enough space, was within the CBD, and no events would be hampered by its presence.

"There's a bit of room to move there."

However, not all neighbouring businesses were pleased with the idea of a shoebox shop, with Digby Paape from BOSE saying the advantage of the area was the open outlook, which would now be blocked.

"Instead of having a nice outlook it's being encroached on by more and more businesses."

Wilson said the shoebox was built to allow it to be easily moved to different locations.

More recently, it was moved from Britomart to Wellesley St in central Auckland, surprising people in the new location.

"We moved it in the middle of the night as a bit of a guerrilla mission."

The winning city will be announced next Wednesday.

Voting information is available on the Kathryn Wilson Facebook page. Voting closes next week.

Contact Katie Chapman
Wellington reporter
Email: katie.chapman@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @katiechapman28

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