Ballantynes' Christchurch department store reveals details of rebuild plan
Ballantynes has released details and pictures of its planned rebuild of part of its central Christchurch department store.
The business is about to start replacing the two temporary Lichfield St buildings it put up after losing its Stables and Andersons buildings to the 2011 earthquake.
The new building will comprise a basement and two floors of retail and car parking above. It will form part of the main store.
Chief executive Maria O'Halloran said work would begin "any day" and be completed by late 2018 or early 2019.
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In the meantime, Ballantynes has moved its homewares department a few blocks south to the corner of Colombo and Dundas streets.
The rest of the store would continue trading as usual and would be revamped when the rebuilt section was complete.
O'Halloran said the rebuild would have a "strong European influence, combining Ballantynes charm with modern touches to wow customers".
"We have been trading successfully, but the time is right to get back to our pre-quake floor space and create a stunning new shopping experience for our valued customers."
The interior would feature porcelain tiles and marble surfaces with gold detailing. A central three-storey glass atrium would sit over a new cafe and delicatessen with European-style cafe seating.
The building's facade would be a series of white boxes and glass boxes to display goods.
Ballantynes lost 2550 square metres of trading space and four levels of car parking in the February 2011 earthquake. The temporary space that replaced it was 1040sqm.
Ballantynes chairman Bill Luff said the project was exciting for the store and would "more than reinstate" what was lost in the earthquakes.
Family-owned Ballantynes owns its main building facing Cashel St and the adjoining Lichfield St site. It leases both its Contemporary Lounge premises and the Dundas St corner site.
The business also runs a store in central Timaru and a branch at Christchurch Airport.