More shops, food outlets for Bush Inn shopping centre
Christchurch's Bush Inn shopping centre is to add 30 new shops and eateries in a major expansion plan.
The mall, in Upper Riccarton, is expanding in response to a jump in shopper numbers since the earthquakes. The recent addition of new restaurants has also brought in more customers.
"We see it as taking the centre to the next level," said the mall's property and development manager, Andy Bell.
"We've got a lot more customers, and a different type of customer, coming in now – more younger people and more professionals. There's definitely been a population shift."
Bush Inn has 60 tenants and is owned by Auckland investor Ian Budge, who also owns shopping centres in the North Island. Bell did not want to say how much the redevelopment would cost, but described it as "significant".
The project will replace the mall's existing Liquor King building facing Riccarton Rd with a new 3000 square metre building for both the liquor retailer and homewares store Smiths City.
Smiths City's existing 4500 sqm store in the mall will be reconfigured for new shops, eateries and kiosks. A new covered entranceway for both pedestrians and cars will be added, joining the new and existing buildings. New escalators will also be installed to join the retail areas. While car parking will be reconfigured, the amount of parking will not increase.
The mall is now looking for tenants for the new shops and food and drink outlets.
Bell suggested such businesses might sell wine, fruit and vegetables, organic and halal products, coffee, craft beer, juices, fashion, interiors, photography gear, luggage, gifts, crafts, or music. A childcare centre could also be included.
New retailers could include those stocking "any unique, interesting or innovative products or services that may appeal to our customers" he said.
"We want independent businesses – products and retailers you don't see elsewhere. We want to have a real point of difference. We're very excited about it."
The mall does not yet have all the council consents needed for the construction, but Bell said consent processes were underway now and "we don't expect there will be any problems".
Figures from Statistics New Zealand show the nation's retail spending on electronic cards rose 6.2 per cent in the past year, with Canterbury's spending growth ahead of the national average.
Another mall in Christchurch's western suburbs, The Hub at Hornby, has also expanded in reaction to increased spending and population growth on the outskirts of the city including Rolleston.
OTHER MALL EXPANSION PLANS
The Palms: Has bought neighbouring houses and sought a council zoning change to allow commercial development of these residential sections
Eastgate Mall: Plans to use 4000 sqm of carpark for new shops
Westfield Mall Riccarton: Has 5.5ha of tenant space including nearly 200 shops and 2400 car parks. The mall recently sought a time extension of a council consent to add 8000 sqm of new shops and hospitality outlets though has no immediate plans to expand.