Good news for the main street

New activity in the central business district prompted Sophie Rishworth to make some enquiries and catch up — as much as out-of-town tenants will allow — on what is going on . . .

New activity in the central business district prompted Sophie Rishworth to make some enquiries and catch up — as much as out-of-town tenants will allow — on what is going on . . .

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DEMOLITION: Works at the former Barwicks Auction Mart and Home Plus store in Grey Street have begun on schedule. Picture by Liam Clayton

CHANGES to Gisborne’s CBD continue with a new cafe opening and buildings being prepared for out-of-town tenants.

Bayleys commercial real estate agent Colin McNab said while he could not comment on any specific businesses, he was aware of businesses from out-of-town looking to come to Gisborne.

“This is good news for the main street.”

The former Sun City pharmacy premises on the corner of Gladstone Road and Peel Street is being prepared for a new tenant, which does not want to be named yet.

Across the road, Gisborne construction company McCannics is strengthening and refurbishing the former De Brac clothing store.

The new tenant will be a New Zealand-owned company that will occupy the building in a few months but does not want to reveal who they are yet either.

McCannics owner Robbie McCann said the building was being strengthened to 100 percent of the building code but the facade would be kept for aesthetic purposes.

The old Radio Network building on the corner of Grey Street and Childers Road is also being completely re-designed.

The building was purpose-built for the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation and used to house copywriters, typists, announcers and electronic technicians among other staff — in total up to 30 people.

McCannics is reconfiguring the layout to suit future tenants.

A few blocks down the road, and in the hospitality department, Gisborne will have a new cafe next month.

Flagship Eatery will open in early July in the former Cafe Ruba location on Childers Road.

Tom and Christine Boyce, who also run USSCo restaurant next door, have completely redesigned the cafe with major renovations under way now.

“It will be completely different to how it was,” says Mrs Boyce.

Changes at eateries

Flagship Eatery will offer the same style and quality of USSCo but be open during the day for breakfast and lunches.

Just Thai will move from its Lowe St and Reads Quay corner to join the Ballance Street Village during July in the former Villaggio building.

Just Thai owner Annie Naksri says they are making a lot of alterations to make the venue bigger and brand new inside. They will start out with evening meals and then lead into a European breakfast and lunch menu once they have settled in.

The Barwicks building on Grey Street is being completely rebuilt and brought up to earthquake standards.

Business owner Jason Allan said he was having a few unexpected months off and all the stock was all being stored off-site. He expects Barwicks to be open again before Christmas.

Other changes before Christmas include the Inland Revenue Department and Special Education Services moving into new offices, which are still under construction at the old Fire Station flats site on Palmerston Road.

The former Sun City pharmacy premises and former De Brac clothing store
across the road from it are being prepared for new tenants that do not wish to be named yet.
A number of out-of-town businesses are enquiring about Gisborne CBD premises.

An Inland Revenue spokesman said the anticipated completion of the new offices was November 2015.

Ministry of Education deputy secretary for people, capability and resources Zoe Griffiths confirmed they would be moving and sharing the premises with staff from Inland Revenue, Department of Internal Affairs and the new Tairawhiti Children’s Team.

Back on Gladstone Road and clothing franchise Pagani has replaced the financially-troubled retail chain Shanton.

Retro, on the river end of Gladstone Road, in the old Kingfisher bar (formerly Scotties for those 30-plus) has also opened and is available for function hire.

The White House is the new name for the Irish Rover buiding on Peel Street, which opens to the public on July 2. Business owners Catherine and Malcolm McLean have transformed the two-storeyed building into a multi-purpose venue.

There will be a tapas bar in the front, an international restaurant in the back, a president’s private room and a function room upstairs. The courtyard will also cater for children’s birthdays.

But it is not all good news.

It is understood staff at Whitcoulls have been told the store will close next year. The lease on the premises is coming up for renewal in August 2016, but head office did not want to comment on whether that would be renewed or not.

Before the year is up, Mercados Framing and Laminating Centre will also close its doors so customers are being urged to get in quick before the shop shuts. After 20 years in business owner Robin Jefferson, 73, says he has “really enjoyed” Mercados but it was time to move on.

Pop-up shops continue to temporarily fill the empty gaps.

The latest is the Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society, which will operate an op-shop in the former Bed Bath and Beyond building for one week from June 15 to 20th. They are fundraising for the society with pre-loved items being sold at $2 and $5 a bag.

CHANGES to Gisborne’s CBD continue with a new cafe opening and buildings being prepared for out-of-town tenants.

Bayleys commercial real estate agent Colin McNab said while he could not comment on any specific businesses, he was aware of businesses from out-of-town looking to come to Gisborne.

“This is good news for the main street.”

The former Sun City pharmacy premises on the corner of Gladstone Road and Peel Street is being prepared for a new tenant, which does not want to be named yet.

Across the road, Gisborne construction company McCannics is strengthening and refurbishing the former De Brac clothing store.

The new tenant will be a New Zealand-owned company that will occupy the building in a few months but does not want to reveal who they are yet either.

McCannics owner Robbie McCann said the building was being strengthened to 100 percent of the building code but the facade would be kept for aesthetic purposes.

The old Radio Network building on the corner of Grey Street and Childers Road is also being completely re-designed.

The building was purpose-built for the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation and used to house copywriters, typists, announcers and electronic technicians among other staff — in total up to 30 people.

McCannics is reconfiguring the layout to suit future tenants.

A few blocks down the road, and in the hospitality department, Gisborne will have a new cafe next month.

Flagship Eatery will open in early July in the former Cafe Ruba location on Childers Road.

Tom and Christine Boyce, who also run USSCo restaurant next door, have completely redesigned the cafe with major renovations under way now.

“It will be completely different to how it was,” says Mrs Boyce.

Changes at eateries

Flagship Eatery will offer the same style and quality of USSCo but be open during the day for breakfast and lunches.

Just Thai will move from its Lowe St and Reads Quay corner to join the Ballance Street Village during July in the former Villaggio building.

Just Thai owner Annie Naksri says they are making a lot of alterations to make the venue bigger and brand new inside. They will start out with evening meals and then lead into a European breakfast and lunch menu once they have settled in.

The Barwicks building on Grey Street is being completely rebuilt and brought up to earthquake standards.

Business owner Jason Allan said he was having a few unexpected months off and all the stock was all being stored off-site. He expects Barwicks to be open again before Christmas.

Other changes before Christmas include the Inland Revenue Department and Special Education Services moving into new offices, which are still under construction at the old Fire Station flats site on Palmerston Road.

The former Sun City pharmacy premises and former De Brac clothing store
across the road from it are being prepared for new tenants that do not wish to be named yet.
A number of out-of-town businesses are enquiring about Gisborne CBD premises.

An Inland Revenue spokesman said the anticipated completion of the new offices was November 2015.

Ministry of Education deputy secretary for people, capability and resources Zoe Griffiths confirmed they would be moving and sharing the premises with staff from Inland Revenue, Department of Internal Affairs and the new Tairawhiti Children’s Team.

Back on Gladstone Road and clothing franchise Pagani has replaced the financially-troubled retail chain Shanton.

Retro, on the river end of Gladstone Road, in the old Kingfisher bar (formerly Scotties for those 30-plus) has also opened and is available for function hire.

The White House is the new name for the Irish Rover buiding on Peel Street, which opens to the public on July 2. Business owners Catherine and Malcolm McLean have transformed the two-storeyed building into a multi-purpose venue.

There will be a tapas bar in the front, an international restaurant in the back, a president’s private room and a function room upstairs. The courtyard will also cater for children’s birthdays.

But it is not all good news.

It is understood staff at Whitcoulls have been told the store will close next year. The lease on the premises is coming up for renewal in August 2016, but head office did not want to comment on whether that would be renewed or not.

Before the year is up, Mercados Framing and Laminating Centre will also close its doors so customers are being urged to get in quick before the shop shuts. After 20 years in business owner Robin Jefferson, 73, says he has “really enjoyed” Mercados but it was time to move on.

Pop-up shops continue to temporarily fill the empty gaps.

The latest is the Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society, which will operate an op-shop in the former Bed Bath and Beyond building for one week from June 15 to 20th. They are fundraising for the society with pre-loved items being sold at $2 and $5 a bag.

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