Plans brewing for an indoor market in Nelson's CBD
An indoor market could soon set up shop in the Nelson CBD.
Bottle shop Liquorland is destined for a smaller area in its home at 32 New St, making room for stalls, produce and a microbrewery in the remaining warehouse space.
Bayleys Commercial Property Management's Gill Ireland said a resource consent application was still before the Nelson City Council to install the microbrewery, but they had Christchurch-based brewer Nigel Jerard signed on, and work had already begun on other parts of the building.
"The Liquorland is just condensing down to one end," Ireland said.
"We want to put the market in the big space in the middle and the microbrewery is going in the far end."
Building owner Tony Vining said they always knew the Liquorland space would need to condense.
"From day dot we were looking at all options [for the remaining space] from bulk furniture, showrooms, motor vehicles," Vining said.
"It's a big inner city warehouse and the base rates are pretty good so we looked at all those options. But it's also important to get synergies between the tenants."
The microbrewery, which will be called The Workshop, will open on November 1.
Vining said they were hoping the indoor market and microbrewery would be a welcome addition to New St.
"I guess we've been doing this for long enough to know you've got to lead it, you've got take control and make it happen and then other stuff will follow."
Ireland said they were getting ready for stall fitouts and were keeping an open mind about what could take up residence in the space.
"If we have stall holders interested there's no reason why we couldn't start rolling out the idea straight away."
She said they wanted to create a new space for Nelson businesses and producers – especially given that stallholders from the former midweek market in Morrison Square had been given notice.
"You go around the world … there are just these beautiful indoor produce markets and we looked at this building … it's an older style warehouse building but it's got great wooden trusses ... it would just suit that perfectly."
The plan is for the indoor market to be open during business hours Monday to Friday.
"Local produce would be fantastic ... we could even open [the market] one night a week or something in the summer," Ireland said.
"We want to do it so there's a little walk through from the market into the microbrewery and all that sort of thing."
She said the new apartment buildings planned for the CBD would no doubt add to demand for the market offering.
She said they expected they could fit around 25 stalls in the space, and there would also be room for a cafe.
In its leasehold sales pitch, Bayleys has suggested a variety of options for the market - from gift stalls, food and drink, and local produce.
"The vision is for a vibrant social hub with a diverse food court or a cafe, fresh local produce and quality giftware," the lease document said.
"Small vendors may have the option to share a stall. The market will be permanent, so stalls can be left set up at the end of the day."