The Re:Start container mall will carry on for at least another year thanks to a $1.27 million government grant.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced a partnership between the Crown and private sector had made the container mall shift possible to allow the development of permanent retail in the City Mall.
The retailers on the northern side of Cashel Mall will shift to the area bounded by Oxford Tce, Cashel St, Plymouth Lane and Lichfield St.
Brownlee said the brightly-coloured container mall had become an "icon for the recovery in Christchurch," as well as a popular destination for locals and tourists.
"As the new Retail Precinct develops and permanent buildings are built on space Re:Start mall currently occupies, there is a need to find a new location, and I'm thrilled the government could play a big part in making this happen," Brownlee said.
"This arrangement means the mall will initially be able to operate for a year on the Crown-owned land, with potential for it to be extended to a second year."
Retailers will continue to operate out of the northern part of the mall until late April, and contractors will work to have the new site ready as soon as possible.
The $1.27 million grant will go to the Re:Start the Heart Trust.
Trust chair John Suckling said he was delighted retailers in the northern part of the mall would be able to trade for at least another year.
"Our retailers have shown remarkable patience as we have worked through the planning process, and I have nothing but admiration for their commitment."
"These retailers are committed to being in the CBD, in the face of other overtures and options, they have wanted to stay in the heart of Christchurch."
- The Press
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