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City Centre: September 19, 2017

City Centre: September 19,

12-page Lift-out CITY CENTRE within the four avenueS Seek | find | indulge A render of the competed development The Crossing Courtyard Retail vision emerging in central city By Christine de FeliC e The redevelopment of the central city’s retail sector is bringing innovation and a real sense of fresh beginnings for Christchurch, with both established retailers and newcomers contributing to the exciting new mix. As Colliers International national retail director Evan Harris says, the earthquakes have delivered “a unique opportunity to reinvent central city retailing”. “The private sector has invested heavily in our CBD and is delivering a world-class retail offering,” Mr Harris says. “We’re now getting a strong concentration as well as a great mix of local, national and international retailers, right in the heart of the CBD. While it’s taken a lot longer than anyone could have predicted, the vision set in the original inner-city Blueprint is really starting to emerge.” A key aspect of the overall scenario is The Crossing. Built by the Carter Group, the concept of the $140 million retail precinct was for it to become the heart of the rebuilt city, and a benchmark for its retail and hospitality sectors. The largest private development in central Christchurch, it covers 44,000 sqm across several levels within the hectare block between Cashel Mall and Colombo, Lichfield and High streets. When fully operational, it will feature 14,000sqm of retail and hospitality along with a further 5000 sqm of commercial space. With its integrated 630-space carpark building, it is the city’s only new large-scale retail development with onsite parking. After watching the precinct take shape over the last two and a half years, city shoppers will be keen to visit the international fashion retailer H&M which opened on Saturday, September 9 at The Crossing, marking the first of what will be a series of stages opening over the coming months. When H&M announced its decision, Philip Carter of the Carter Group said it was “great news for the city”, and that H&M’s presence would have a “positive impact on attracting local residents and tourists to the central city’s new retail precinct”. Also due to open early this month at The Crossing is Australian fashion retail brand, Seed Heritage. There are almost 300 Seed Heritage outlets across Australia, Asia and New Zealand, with the brand known for its monthly collections catering for women of all ages, as well as teens, children and babies. The Crossing will be its first Christchurch location, and it has opted for the retail precinct’s corner site, previously home to the former Arthur Barnett’s department store and Beath’s department store prior to that. The historic façade behind which Seed Heritage will be sited dates back to 1933, and is one of the few building frontages of that period to have survived the quakes. Following extensive strengthening and restoration work, the exterior structure has been carefully integrated into the overall design of The Crossing. Other high-profile international fashion retail tenants at The Crossing will include Country Road and its sister retail brands Trenery and Witchery. In addition to fashion, The Crossing will offer a range of service-related businesses including the ASB bank, which will be located in new, purpose-built premises on the corner of Cashel and High streets. The bank will provide the latest digital banking services including 24-hour automated ‘express banking’ transaction and business banking, Smart ATMs, and video access to banking experts. The Crossing is already home to Christchurch’s first-ever central city supermarket – FreshChoice City Market, owned by Neville and Heather Brown. Not just your usual supermarket, this is a new concept store with many additional features including an in-store café, live entertainment, and fully qualified chefs preparing food for people living and working in the city. AWAITING COPY Ad art Number: AD00001 clearance Artwork: {77B31292-96BE-45D4-A634-381365EA5D14} Size: 9x8 Description: Account: Colour: Filename: save {77B31292-96BE-45D4-A634-381365EA5D14} from 50-90% On all handpainted oils on canvas onlY $ 20 210 Moorhouse Ave Christchurch | 03 3665 678 | design