It’s exciting times for Kaiapoi with the stunning new Library opening their doors, new housing developments appearing before our eyes and lots of new faces on the streets and in the shops. There is a buzz in the air which is refreshing and invigorating for a community which has been through so much.
Blackwell’s is excited and proud to be part of this change and progression. It has been wonderful to welcome our neighbours, Coffee Culture, and to see the town coming alive again. As such, for the first time in 143 years we are opening our doors seven days a week for your shopping convenience.
WE ARE NOW OPEN SUNDAY’s from 11am to 3pm.
So make a day of it and join us on a Sunday when you can shop at your leisure and enjoy a coffee or lunch at Coffee Culture.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
> From the team at Blackwell’s
The all new improved Blackwell’s Department Store is officially open. It’s the next big step in one of many we’ve already made, with more planned.
The new store features two new retail spaces, an upgrade to the surviving spaces from the old store, some wonderful tenants sharing the building with us, a coffee shop preparing to open on one corner, a nice new West entrance, and customer parking.
Our showroom spaces are full with new stock in all departments, including clothing, shoes, homeware, gifts, fishing & hunting, curtains, bedware, and carpets, so come visit us and check out the new store. We look forward to seeing you.
The new store has much better window display spaces, so we can feature the variety of items we have in stock for you.
Like many in Kaiapoi, the last six months have kept us very busy, so it’s about time we posted an update here.
Our Winter stock is keeping many locals warm on the outside while the new Coffee Culture cafe is now open and warming everybody from the inside.
Come in a check out our range of winter woollens and quality knitwear.
Our Flashpoint boots are the perfect footwear for wet days, and of the wind is blowing through that hole in your jeans, come and see us for a great new pair.
There’s always more stuff to carry around in Winter so maybe a new bag would be just the thing. We have a great range of designs, colours and sizes. Add a new scarf and you’re set for the season.
Knitting yarns and wool
Knitting yarns are getting hard to find but not at Blackwells! We have a fantastic range of colours and yarn weight, so if you feel like a bit DIY knitting, we are the place to come to.
We’re very excited to have our friends from Coffee Culture up and running at the North-end of the new Blackwell’s store.
They have a great new fit-out, awesome coffee and food, and free WiFi.
Yet another great reason to visit Blackwell’s in Kaiapoi!
We’re pleased to welcome Ashton Wheelans, our first tenants in the building.
They’ve moved in and operational.
Welcome neighbours! http://www.ashtonwheelans.co.nz/
We took our favourite website mates for a tour of the new building over the weekend. Here’s what we showed them.
From the West side the new entrance is looking good. The lift is in and the stairway to the first floor is operational.
The upstairs spaces are really looking good, with the gib work almost completed and carpet laid. We’ve leased one space and there is one excellent small office area on the South side and the Nor-west upstairs corner still available.
The view from the upstairs corner office is great, looking out over the bridge and the Kaiapoi river.
Downstairs, the cafe area is going to be a great space for a coffee, and we can’t wait to start filling the new showroom with stock.
With a hint of Spring in the air, it’s time for an update. Construction has been going well, and as the month ended the scaffolding started to be removed from around the outside of the building. It’s been quite exciting seeing the building skin revealed from behind the steel and boards.
Inside lots of gib has been going up and finished. We’ve also been looking at new stock for the upcoming season, taking the opportunity to top up departments that we’ve had to reduce back due to lack of space. Will be great to see the store filled up again and we can’t wait to show off the new stock in our new surroundings.
Thanks to the Mallinsons for sharing the third and fourth photos above too.
The new windows are going in on the top floor now. This is pretty cool, because it means the building will be weather-tight soon and we can begin to complete the inside.
It is such a relief to get the roof on, not just because with Winter here it’s great to have things water tight at last, but also because it’s such a milestone for us and the builders.
Now we can see the internal walls in being gibbed up and rooms start to take shape.
The long hot summer continued while the builders forged on with the re-build. Bushnell Builders crew are hard at work, making it happen in rain or shine.
The steel framing for the first floor and the beginning of the roof is going in now. The plan is to look for tenants for the first floor and it’s great see the spaces beginning to form up there.
It’s going to be pretty exciting to have tenants and other businesses working with us in the same building too. We’ve included a shot from the first floor so you can see what the view will look like for the lucky corner tenant.
Re-build progress is steaming along, and now we have the beginnings of a first floor and an enclosed space downstairs. It’s all starting to look like a building.
With the first floor panels going in there was a chance to nip up and get the first view from the first floor today. Our Laura took these photos on her phone, along with an excellent panorama view of the bottom floor.
A large crane turned up today to lift in the first floor concrete panels. Enclosing the space below really started to make it feel like a building, and a real sense of the size of the building started to appear.
It feels like we’ve taken out shares in the steel industry at the moment. An incredible amount of steel is going into the new foundations, as the builders prepare for concrete footings to be poured.
This is all good of course, and thoroughly re-assuring. The new building will be so strong that the only at-risk items will soon be the stock and staff.
Just in case we ever do get another shake we’re thinking of blue-tacking everything down in the shop and staff will wear velcro on their shoes to hold them in place!
We’re adding more images to our Photo Gallery, so you can see progress.