A $5.2 million retail development in Rolleston’s Faringdon subdivision is open for business.
Shops in the South Point complex, at 51-57 Faringdon Blvd, include Faringdon Convenience Store, New Order Clothing and Accessories, Hair 4 Men barber and The Pedal Pusher.
Hooked Traditional Fish and Chips opens on Wednesday. Selwyn School of Dance and A Pocket Full of Spices open in May.
Master barber Chris Bradley was looking to open a store in Rolleston when he came across the development. The barber shop offered free haircuts to the first 100 clients.
“It was very busy for the opening – quite adventurous really.”
Bradley, who owns Ashburton’s The Barber Shop, credits the old-fashioned dynamic of barber shops for their continued success.
The barber shop industry, while old-fashioned, moved forward with the times, offering modern cuts and styles alongside traditional cuts, grooming and shaving.
“If people didn’t want it, we wouldn’t be here.”
After a busy start, things were quietly ticking over, he said. Staff were finishing existing jobs. A new apprentice would start next week.
Madlen Shaw, who owns The Pedal Pusher with husband Wayne, said the South Point bar was about twice as busy as The Pedal Pusher on Lincoln Rd in Addington.
“We were quite overwhelmed with the numbers of people through our doors. We’re just about fully booked every night with really busy lunchtimes,” Madlen Shaw said.
The Shaws had considered opening another restaurant and gave Rolleston a go after developer Jo Southen approached them.
One shop was yet to be tenanted.
South Point, which is in the centre of the new subdivision, close to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, Rolleston College and Foster Park.
Southen and her sisters, Tania Croucher and Bridget Foster, pooled their backgrounds in hospitality, land development and accounting for the development.
Southen, who lives in Selwyn, was pleased the community supported the new shops.
Another retail development is under way in Rolleston, with The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery and Noel Leeming set open their doors, at 15 Masefield Dr beside the Countdown part of Rolleston Square, in late 2017.
The three new stores will employ about 60 staff.