By Robyn Bristow
The Continental Bakery in Rangiora is on the market.
The home to Continental Catering’s first commercial kitchen, at 138 Percival Street, is for sale by Deadline Treaty, which closes on Tuesday, August 22.
The sale is part of a restructuring of the Contential Catering Group’s business, says investment sales broker Philip Cooper of Colliers International.
“As part of a planned restructure, the directors have chosen to sell the very successful business of the bakery and will use the capital to invest in its core catering business,” Cooper said.
“Its a hugely well-known and popular business within the Waimakariri District and will stand any professional operator or intending owner in good stead for many years. There are many changes for an energetic owner or operator to further enhance the business, using the capacity available within the kitchen production area”
The site contains an overall area of about 636.36sq m, with the cafe able to seat up to 50 people at a time. It includes a large kitchen.
The new owner of Continental Catering Group David Cartwright, bought a half share in the business a little over a year ago from original owners Joan and David Ward who first established Continental Catering in 1956.
His part share allowed the couple to retire and then last month Cartwright took full ownership of Continental.
The hospitality provider operates five divisions under its umbrella: the Kingsford Kitchen in Rangiora ( a cafe that also houses its production kitchen), managing Mona Vale, the events division, catering for the Christchurch Restaurant Tram and Gondola among other venues, and the Continental Bakery cafe.
Christchurch born and bred, Mr Cartwright trained as a chef with the Royal New Zealand Army and has subsequently worked as a sous chef at the then ParkRoyal Hotel, later known as the Crowne Plaza. He was head chef of the Canterbury Club, before being appointed as General Manager.
“We have had some challenges, for sure, but these aren’t going to stop us. The hospitality environment in Canterbury is very competitive with new restaurants opening across the city almost on a weekly basis. “Continentals advantage remains being flexible, our ability to travel and look after our clients in their homes, or at different function venues, and marquees across Canterbury.”