The popular World Bar nightclub destroyed in a Queenstown CBD fire last year is unlikely to return to its original Shotover Street site.
Queenstowner Dave Boyd, director of property owner Boydcorp Finance, this week released plans for a replacement $2 million-plus glass-fronted retail building
It’s designed by award-winning local architect Michael Wyatt.
Due to changed building regulations, it’s too hard to re-house The World without compromising financial returns, Boyd says.
“It’s a bit unfortunate, they’re great operators, but we couldn’t get the design to work for them.
“I definitely would have loved to have had them – unless they go on the ground floor.”
The design, allowing for either three or two ground floor premises, would best suit retail or food-type operators, Boyd says.
However there’s also provision for mezzanine space in the section under two pitched roofs.
The burnt-out building had included backpacker institution The World on its first floor for the previous 17 years.
The fire, in May last year, started in the ground-floor kitchen of the newly-reopened Fat Badgers Pizza Bar.
Soon after the fire, The World opened a pop-up bar, The Find, also on Shotover St, while Fat Badgers recently reopened in nearby Camp St.
Told about Boyd’s building plans this week, The World boss Gary Livesey says: “We’re as surprised by this news as everyone else.
“We look forward to including that ground floor possibility into our other plans but haven’t heard much back from Dave yet.
“We’ve been working hard on several future developments and I’m very confident that I’ll have some exciting ‘World’-related news pretty soon.”