World's first pop-up mall set to open

05:50, Oct 23 2011
City Mall Hummingbird Cafe
The Hummingbird Cafe will reopen in this glorified City Mall container
City Mall
More than 150 people are working long hours to get City Mall ready for its October 29 opening.
City Mall shades arcade
City Mall on the side of the former Shades Arcade
City Mall Warwick Isaacs
Demolition manager Warwick Isaacs says work is progressing swiftly.
City Mall workers
City Mall workers are scrambling to meet tight deadlines for the Saturday opening.

City Mall is on track to reopen on Saturday next week as the world's first pop-up container mall, organisers say.

Media were given a tour of City Mall today, where more than 150 workers are furiously trying to prepare for the grand opening.

The two clusters of converted containers will house 25 shops and two cafes come Saturday, October 29.

This will include many well-known central city shops that have been homeless since the city was fenced off after the devastating February earthquake.

Former High St shops Hunters & Collectors, Toi Toi, and Plush will be among the first tenants.

Other well-known stores include Johnson's Grocery Store, formerly on Colombo St, and Scorpio Books, formerly on Hereford St.

The cafes will be Hummingbird Coffee and Crafted Coffee.

City Mall will be the first significant part of the city to reopen since the February earthquake.

Click here for a map of the new-look City Mall.


City Mall
City Mall will reopen on Saturday, October 29.

The Press