Three new stores opening at Ngāi Tahu Property’s two Ōtautahi-Christchurch retail centres, Tower Junction in Addington, and The Landing in Wigram Skies, are bringing more high-quality retail options to customers.
Ngāi Tahu Property Investment Portfolio General Manager Guy Milburn says the arrival of the Wet&Forget and Taking Shape stores at Tower Junction and Tom & Bridget Boutique at The Landing is a huge boost for everyone.
“We are very excited to have Wet&Forget, Taking Shape, and Tom & Bridget Boutique bring in more choice for customers.”
“The Ngāi Tahu Property team has been impressed with how proactive all our retailers and restaurants have been in managing their way through the uncertainty of recent months. Our tenants came up with innovative solutions to re-open their businesses with a focus on how to best serve their customers’ needs. Their positivity and hard work are paying off with loyal customers keen to be a part of the recovery.”
“The addition of these new stores to our retail centres is another reflection on the success of their mahi.”
“Ngāi Tahu Property continues to work alongside businesses to secure the best tenants for our sites. Providing diverse, quality brands is the key to the success of our retail centres in Ōtautahi.”
Wet&Forget Christchurch store manager Rod Collingwood says the New Zealand-owned company’s expanding product range required a bigger shop. The move to the Tower Junction premises, beside the restaurants adjacent to Whiteleigh Avenue, offered ample space and multiple other benefits.
“The store is very visible from the road and there is plenty of parking for customers.”
After a delay due to the Covid-19 lockdown, preparation for the move from Blenheim Road restarted in Level 2. Collingwood says support from the head office of Wet&Forget throughout that period was excellent, helping ensure a smooth transition.
He also thanks Ngāi Tahu Property’s asset and facilities managers for getting the store ready within a tight timeframe.
“Once they were able to get people back on site, Ngāi Tahu Property did everything required to get it ready for us.”
Collingwood says customers are very positive about the new store, with many commenting on how easy it is to get there and find parking.
“People really like to come here. It is easy to access, to find parks and there are other great shops for them to visit as well.”
Popular women’s fashion chain Taking Shape is excited to be opening their latest store in Tower Junction’s fashion zone alongside existing retailers Caroline Eve, EziBuy, NumberOneShoes and BabyCity.
The Tower Junction store, which held a gala opening on Friday morning is Taking Shape’s third store in Canterbury and the only one with a Clearance section on the South Island.
Marketing Manager Beth Kilner says Taking Shape has provided quality fashion for curvy New Zealand women for more than a decade, with 20 stores across the country.
“Taking Shape delivers curvy women quality fashion with a difference and our fashion stylists pride themselves on delivering exceptional service.”
The new Tower Junction premises has room to cater for everything customers love about shopping at Taking Shape, she says.
“The latest arrivals and newest trends are in the Boutique at the front of the store, while the Clearance section allows customers to find and shop Taking Shape’s fashion at value prices.”
Free one-on-one personal styling experiences can also be booked, helping customers “find their own unique style”.
Ngāi Tahu Property also welcomes the return of the popular Tom & Bridget Boutique to The Landing in Wigram Skies, which first appeared as a ‘pop-up shop’ last year.
The owners say establishing a more permanent presence is a natural progression after discovering Joe’s Garage in The Landing some time ago.
They became regulars there and at the other retailers and restaurants and they saw the potential of The Landing’s other available retail sites.
“Last year we ran a Tom & Bridget pop-up. It was successful, so we started planning to come back.”
“Over the lock-down period we decided that, even with everything going on in New Zealand and world-wide, the time was right to re-open Tom & Bridget.”
The Landing already has a great mix of stores and restaurants, he says, and notes more are on the way.
“With the cinema being constructed and other new tenants coming in, The Landing will go from strength to strength. We really look forward to being part of this and opening our doors soon.”