The main Farmers Market Hall at Riverside has over 60 stalls and food outlets owned and operated by local Cantabrians. There is a huge range of delicious products including; ready-to-eat food covering all corners of the world, fresh produce and eggs, cheese monger, bakeries, coffee, juices and kombucha, a delicatessen and a full working fish-monger and butchery! And for treats there are; donuts, cookies, sweets and Turkish delight!
Mike Percasky, Kris Inglis and Richard Peebles the property investors behind Riverside said “the vision for Riverside Market is to make it into a world-class inner city food and produce market that rivals those you see in Europe, the USA and across the ditch in Australia. We really want to create something amazing for the city that people will feel a real connection to. We believe it will provide a unique inner-city experience for locals and visitors to Christchurch. Providing a reliable source of fresh, organic, locally grown food”.
The project has been 5 years from conception to completion, with the Riverside owners saying “the results are better than we could of imagined, we really hope the finished product is something the people of Canterbury will love and find a special connection with. Sometimes it’s worth spending those extra dollars and engaging talented, passionate designers and creative tenants who have a great sense of style and attention to detail. We believe we have built it to stand the test
of time and hopefully it will still be here long after we have gone.”
“This has been a massive collaboration of planners, designers, contractors, suppliers, craftsmen and artists. Everyone involved has had a part to play, no matter how big or small, they all have a connection to this place in some special way. We hope everyone who has been part of it is as proud as we are.”
“There are always challenges with development, from securing land to resource and building consents, construction pricing and finding finance, but really the key to all developments is still securing really good quality, interesting and authentic tenants with a great track record that buy into the vision of the development. At Riverside we have genuinely secured some of the best food, produce and hospitality operators in the city and they are all on-board with creating a vibrant market” Mike Fisher, Riverside General Manager, has returned to Christchurch after spending time in Australia working at both the South Melbourne Market and Adelaide Central Market. Mike said “we want this to be Canterbury’s market, it will be a community gathering place, a hive of activity and a celebration of the diversity of Christchurch.”
The design incorporates local, and even internationally, recycled materials and details throughout. Kirkcaldie Interiors designer Georgie Kirkcaldie focussed on including warmth through specific materials, texture and pattern to deliver a unique and engaging atmosphere. “It has a rustic and heritage vibe, reflecting the history of the city and deliberately incorporating recycled materials – rimu, bricks, iron-bark timber, salvaged windows, 100-year old wallpaper and two faces of the heritage clock from the old Moorhouse Ave railway station.”
Paul Lonsdale from the Christchurch City Business Association reflects on the vision and ambition of this unique project. “The Re:START container mall project was established to offer a glimmer of hope to the people of Christchurch that their city would come back along with providing a place for our unique businesses to continue operating. Many of these businesses were small start-ups but they added interest and colour to what was a broken landscape. We believe the Riverside Market is evidence that our hope has been realised providing Central City with a unique market place where you will find fresh produce, artisans, and many of the Re:START tenants now operating.
Aside from being a fitting replacement for Re:START it is heartwarming to see many of these businesses not only finding success but gaining a permanent home in Christchurch’s premier market place, The Riverside Market”.
The second phase of the Riverside Market will open in early November 2019 and will include full service restaurants Castro’s, Kaiser Brewery and Midnight Shanghai opening on level 1.
The retailers in the adjacent Riverside Retail Lanes will also open progressively over the coming weeks and months with a fantastic collection of tenants including; Cosmic, Ben and Jerry’s, Otautahi Tattoo, Ramen Ria, Espresso Studio, Hororata Pies, Shopology, The Beehive Collective, Kiwi Originals, She Chocolate, Abobe and Alchemy Equipment.
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