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TRACY NEAL
Last updated 05:00 26/05/2014
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Hair Craft in new hands

Tahunanui salon Hair Craft, set up 15 years ago by Nelson hair stylist Dianne MacMorland, has a new owner. MacMorland, who has been in the industry for 40 years, is to stay on as a part-time staff member at the salon bought by Richmond stylist Hayley Hamilton. MacMorland once owned Nile St salon Vanity Fair, and has built up Hair Craft since she opened it 15 years ago. She plans to work about 25 hours a week to look after existing clients and to help Hamilton ease her way into the business. "She's a very talented young woman and I'm looking forward to learning from her."

Conferences top target

Nelson firms onCue Conferences and Nelson Venues have come together to attract a greater share of the lucrative and typically off-season conference market to Nelson, to help boost the region's slow winter economy. Lea Boodee from onCue Conferences said the Meet in Nelson campaign will target conferences of more than 150 delegates this year and next year. According to Ministry of Economic Development research the average daily spend of a domestic conference delegate is $482 - more than three times that of a leisure visitor. The benefits filter right through the city, beyond just the restaurants, bars and retailers. Uniquely Nelson will be working closely with the Meet in Nelson campaign to promote the city's retail and hospitality offerings and make sure visiting delegates have a great time, the inner city promotion group's manager Cathy Madigan said.

Cruiseabout now here

Specialist cruise company Cruiseabout is to open a new outlet in Nelson. The brand is owned and operated by Flight Centre Limited, and will set up shop in Bridge St in premises which were used temporarily by Flight Centre staff during a revamp of their Trafalgar St premises. Flight Centre is a global travel agency with stores in more than 11 countries. Cruiseabout is its specialist brand.

Retail property auction

A central Nelson freehold retail property leased long term to national retailers is to be auctioned on June 3 through Colliers International Nelson office. The 200 Trafalgar St property, anchored by national retailers Glassons and Hallensteins, returns more than $316,000 a year, and no property like it has come up for sale in the district in almost three years, Tony Gowans of Colliers said. He said Glassons and Hallensteins are on six-year leases, with two yearly rent reviews. The two tenants provided more than 80 per cent of the property's annual income. Another unit is occupied by Penguinos cafe, which is also on a six-year lease. It returns $24,410 a year. The other two units are occupied by a smart phone repair and service company on a new five-year lease, and the Wax Bar which is on a three-year lease. The Nelson shopping district has more than 320 shops, cafes and restaurants.

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Stores to share space

Specialist lingerie and swimwear store Little Boutique [formerly Foxy Lady] is moving from its long-time Trafalgar St location to shared premises in Bridge St. It is moving in next week with boutique homeware store Full House, in what is possibly the start of a new trend in cost sharing as central city rents become too dear, owner Julie Forbes said. She said Little Boutique would front on to Wakatu Square, but would also have access and shared window space on the Bridge St frontage. Forbes said the size of the store will be about the same, but overheads will be less. "I think a lot of others may start doing the same. I'm from Auckland and the costs here are huge. Landlords are going to have to wake up or lose us. The beauty of this town is its local shops. I'm excited about the move to a gorgeous building and a happy space."

Hell Pizza wants restart

Hell Pizza is still looking to re-establish itself in Nelson, more than a year after its franchise in Tahunanui closed, leaving customers in the dark. Its website and 0800 number said at the time: "The fires of Hell Nelson have been temporarily extinguished. Look out for the reincarnation". The outlet was vacated and the premises put up for lease. Hell Revolution general manager Ben Cumming said they were still looking for a suitable franchisee to open a store in Nelson, but there was nothing on the horizon right now though. The company said it was looking for a "passionate new franchisee in Nelson with a love of damned tasty food and a sense of humour". Head office is willing to assist the right candidate with site selection and full setup and training.

  • Newstips for Business Matters contact Tracy Neal tel 03 546 2837 or email tracyn@nelsonmail.co.nz

- The Nelson Mail

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