The Tannery expands to 50 shops
Arcade expands to house 50 businessesANNA TURNER
Painting, vacuuming, decorating; staff at The Tannery were busy putting the finishing touches on the shopping arcade this afternoon ahead of the opening of stage two of the development.
The first stage of the Woolston shopping arcade, which is built inside a former tannery building on the banks of the Heathcote River, opened in June.
Today marks the opening of the second stage, in which the complex becomes home to more than 50 businesses.
The new shops include a beauty salon, a florist, a hairdresser and barber, an apothecary and fashion stores.
Alice in Videoland will be opening two cinemas at the complex.
Owner Alasdair Cassels gave The Press a tour of the Tannery's new wing this afternoon as staff put the final touches on shops.
''I'm very excited to have got to this point. Everyone that has been through said it looks great,'' Cassels said.
The new wing opens officially at 7pm tonight, before opening to the public tomorrow morning.
The shops will open gradually over the next four weeks.
The first stage, which featured bars, fashion stores, a tattoo parlour and a bookshop, has proved immensely popular.
Cassels is confident the second stage will make the Tannery even more popular.
"We've reached a critical mass now where we have got such great entertainment, retail and bars that people will."
The former tannery buildings date back to the 1870s and are part of Woolston's industrial history.
"What's great about it is that it looks really old," Cassels said.
"We've lost so much that is old and it's nice to try to recreate that."
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