Fashion stores in the central city’s $140 million development, The Crossing, will start to open next week.
H&M, Country Road, Trenery and Witchery will welcome their first customers next week in the development, which spans the hectare block between Cashel Mall, Colombo, Lichfield and High Sts.
H&M opens the doors of its first South Island store at 10am next Saturday. It will feature the first H&M homeware department in the country.
The Country Road store will be the largest in the South Island, while The Crossing will be home to the South Island’s first Trenery store.
Andrea Biani and OPSM are expected to open next week.
Australian women’s fashion store, Seed Heritage, will also open its new South Island flagship store at The Crossing this month, on the corner of Colombo and Cashel Sts.
From mid to late September shoppers will also be able to use the first car grooming service in the city centre, Espresso Carwash, as well as Sunglass Hut, Ivy Blu and Stirling Woman.
Other tenants include florist Bourbon Rose, The Gift Store, Flight Centre, FreshChoice City Market, and Black & White coffee house.
The Crossing owner Philip Carter said other big name brands would be announcing their tenancy soon.
Not only has art been incorporated into architecture of The Crossing precinct with its distinctive bubble screen for the central feature building, but Paul Dibble’s 2008 “Sleepwalker” sculpture has been cantilevered over Kettlewell Lane.
It has been installed at The Crossing in recognition of the impact of the earthquakes.
“The Sleepwalker sculpture is particularly personal to me,” Mr Carter said.
He was responsible for restoring the artwork after it fell 100m down a cliff in Sumner during the February 2011 earthquake.
“It’s a symbol of what we’ve overcome: we’ve survived the biggest natural disaster Christchurch has seen and walked through to the other side as a stronger community.”
He said additional local and international retailers will continue to open progressively at The Crossing during the next few months.
“We want to set the benchmark for retail and hospitality in post-earthquake Christchurch. For us, it’s all about bringing our community back together.”
A 630-space car park is already open.