Central Christchurch will offer destination retail in vibrant, pedestrian-friendly settings.
Re:Start and beyond
Christchurch retailers have already shown their moxie with Re:Start, the City Mall container stores centred around Ballantynes. Keeping these businesses in the city centre throughout the rebuild process is crucial for generating energy and activity.
CERA will keep working with the private sector to promote options for retail development, ensuring unique, distinctive shopping experiences are a Christchurch fixture.
Christchurch City Council has expressed interest in a covered central city market, providing low-cost space for retail businesses. It could include boutique retailers and hospitality venues, and an open air section.
An international quarter, including a Pacific hub, would promote a distinct identity and shape the character and culture of the area. This in turn could attract residents and visitors, contribute to economic growth and prosperity, and make the city a welcoming place for all.
The Retail Precinct depends on public/private partnerships. Other projects are emerging as the central Christchurch recovery develops.
- a pedestrian-friendly hub attracting locals and tourists
- offers unique retail and entertainment experiences
- includes both covered and open air markets
- provides opportunities for small business owners
- the Retail Precinct will be developed by the private sector with partner support from CERA and CCC.