By SHELLEY TOPP
Rangiora’s central business district is bustling, with a new coffee shop and a kebab shop being established, and other businesses on the move.
The Black and White Coffee Cartel franchise owners, Christchurch brothers Bink and Luke Bowler, and former All Blacks captain Reuben Thorne, from Kaiapoi, plan to open a new coffee shop at the front of The Warehouse carpark site in High St.
It is expected to be open around Christmas.
The 200 square metre coffee shop will have a full kitchen and a coffee roastery.
The business will be owned by franchisee Tony Yin, from Christchurch, and employ 10-15 full-time staff.
In a crowded coffee market in Rangiora, Bink says the Black and White Coffee Cartel will stand out because “there is no-one else quite like us”.
“We are quite eccentric with a much louder back-street coffee-shop atmosphere.
“You have to be a bit eccentric to stand out, he says.
“We are excited to be coming out to Rangiora.”
At the other end of High St, the old AMI Insurance building, opposite the Waimakariri District Council service centre, is being converted into a Turkish kebab shop.
The owner of the new business, Mustafa Karasar, who lives in Christchurch, says the restaurant will provide authentic Turkish food.
He says the family-friendly eatery will have a nice dining area and reasonably priced food, with vegetarian options.
He expects it to be open within six weeks.
In the Gables Arcade, bicycle business Pushbikes plans to move to a new shop next to Lighting Direct, beside The Warehouse, on September 1. Pushbikes shop manager Drew Wendel says the new premises provide a bigger space.
“The owner has been here for 20-plus years. The business is going well and it is time to move on to a new space where we can provide a better service to the local community.”
Back at The Warehouse end of town, Warehouse Stationery Rangiora has moved across the road from its old High Street premises to a shared space within The Warehouse building.
The Warehouse Rangiora store manager Lee Wilkinson said Warehouse Stationery made the move about four weeks ago.
“This shop has been completely renovated in the last two years so it has a nice new feel to it,” he says.
The move was made for customer convenience.
“We are getting really good customer feedback about the move.
“Customers can now take their digital photos into Warehouse Stationery and have a look around The Warehouse while they are being printed.”