Eateries lined up for former Highflyers site
The building that once housed a thriving Palmerston North central city pub looks set to have extensive renovations, with a variety of food outlets expected to move into the site.
Highflyers, on the corner of The Square and Main St, was sold earlier this year and has been closed for several months.
Lawrence Wen, director of E2 New Homes and Properties Ltd, said several food outlets had been lined up to enter the renovated premises.
"We have Jesters Pies, Columbia Coffee, more than five shops going in there. Now it is just getting earthquake strengthening and all that . . . almost all the shops have already got leased now."
Mr Wen said earthquake strengthening work had slowed down the process of re-opening the building, but he said the owners hoped to have all of the structural renovations completed by December.
Fine dining restaurant Dejeuner is also entering the Highflyers building, with the restaurant re-opening sooner than expected.
Dejeuner owners Agnes and Jason Lim recently opened Petite Dejeuner in Broadway Ave after initially finding it difficult to get a suitable premises to re-open the five-star restaurant Dejeuner.
However, they have signed a lease for Dejeuner's to open in the old Highflyers complex alongside the other food outlets.
Mrs Lim said Petite Dejeuner, a smaller cafe and bistro operation, was opened to retain customers while the owners looked out for a new venue for Dejeuner, which closed in June.
The owners had anticipated the return of Dejeuner to take much longer, but the Highflyers opportunity came shortly after they secured the building for Petite Dejeuner.