Brackenfields centre growing

Six new tenants have signed up for retail space in Amberley’s new Brac› kenfield shopping centre.

The large Countdown store of 3564 square metres, which anchors the project, is on target to open by May, and it is hoped the new tenants will begin to move into retail space on the eastern side of the develop› ment, by mid›year.

Five of the six the Amberley Pharmacy, Fi’s Flowers ‘n’ Art, the Country Oven Bakery, a sushi bar and a Thai restaurant, have all confirmed with The News they will be taking up retail space in the centre.

Fi Sidey, who also owns a florist in Rangiora, says she is excited about opening in Amberley to complement her Rangiora business. ‘‘I was approached about 15 months ago and I thought about it long and hard. I have a big network in North Canterbury anyway and know a lot of people up that way being born and bred up there,’’ she says. Ms Sidey says her Rangiora business will stay ‘‘exactly where it is’’ and the two businesses will run together.

Amberley Pharmacy owner, Gary Brown, has confirmed his business will move from its Carters Road site into the shopping complex while the Country Oven Bakery, also in the existing shopping complex will take up a site in the centre.

Glen and Karen Somerville are looking forward to the move. ‘‘It will be good to get into a new building. We have been waiting since 2005 and we bought the business from the previous owner who was also waiting as well,’’ says Mr Somerville. He says the existing block of shops is ‘‘all coming down’’ and is likely to become car parking.

A sushi bar will also open its doors in the centre, while a Thai restaurant Green Duck Thai ‘‘Food with Attitude’’ will also be opened by Miles Steward, along with his partner Justin Mastoyo in conjunction with Thai partners. ‘‘This will be set up as a takeaway business initially, with scope to expand to a sit down restaurant,’’ says Mr Stewart. ‘‘We are aiming to be the first to bring food to Amberley that reflects the true flavours and cultural culinary attitudes of Thailand.’’

A ‘‘highly experienced’’ chef, who has worked in a number of high profile establishments in countries around the world, has been engaged. ‘‘As local North canterbury residents, Justin and I are thrilled to be part of the fantastic development under way at Brackenfields.

As former business owners in Christchurch, we chose Amberley to establish our new business venture. ‘‘We believed the development is a reflection of the strength of the community support for the town, and that the town and region can only go from strength to strength,’’ he says.

Mr Stewart says as members of the local community, they are looking forward to having the opportunity to open in the new centre.





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