Hospitality and retail establishments will soon be breathing life into The Woolstore development at Lyttelton’s Te Ana Marina.
The Peebles Group, which has played a major role in the revitalization of Christchurch’s city centre with developments like the Little High restaurant complex and the soon to be opened Riverside farmers’ market, has committed to working with Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) to activate the unique waterfront site.
The Woolstore offers 720 square metres of ground floor space and features expansive views over the marina, onsite car parking, as well as a pedestrian link connecting Te Ana Marina to Lyttelton.
Richard Pebbles says he is looking forward to bringing central-city style hospitality and retail vibrancy to The Woolstore development.
“I just love this building and the waterfront position overlooking the amazing new marina is incredible. Where else in Christchurch do you get a view like this? Lyttelton has so much history and so much potential, you look out over this world class marina you can almost see the shadow of the first four ships lying at anchor out there.
“LPC have done a great job with the new marina and the precinct development, the potential here is huge.”
LPC Chief Executive Peter Davie says The Woolstore development will once again open up Lyttelton’s Harbourside for public use.
“Te Ana Marina has already started this process, and The Woolstore is the next stage of making the harbour a place where people can connect and enjoy the waterfront.
“We’re excited to see the buzz of restaurants and retail in Lyttelton. Almost all of the 170 floating berths at Te Ana Marina are leased, meaning the Woolstore will already benefit from a captive audience of marina users.
“We are delighted to work with Richard who is well-respected investor and known for his creative approach to his developments.”
The Peebles Group’s vision for The Woolstore includes small diverse retail activities, a local bar and restaurant, a gym which could have spin classes on the promenade, as well as small offices with unrivaled views.
“Our plans are being finalised and we are looking forward to engaging with prospective tenants over the coming weeks. We will be commencing building work very shortly,” says Mr Peebles.