Work’s started at last on a central Queenstown building to replace The World Bar site razed by fire three years ago.
Amalgamated Builders is building a retail complex on the Shotover Street site formerly occupied by popular bar.
It was razed along with the ground-floor Fat Badgers Pizza Bar in a spectacular fire in May 2013.
Both businesses have since relocated to other CBD premises.
The replacement glass-fronted building has been designed by prominent local architect Michael Wyatt for property owner Boydcorp Finance.
Two of the three ground-floor tenancies will be taken by long-established sports retailer Quest, whose existing premises are next door.
Quest will move into the middle shop, comprising 150 square metres of ground floor retail and 50sq m of mezzanine warehouse and office space, next April.
The following month, Quest Snow Centre, a rental/retail store, will open next to Quest’s current premises.
It will take 135sq m of ground floor space and run its ski and snowboard workshop, Mountain Rescue, on the mezzanine floor.
Quest owner Ants Ruski-Jones says: “These two new premises will solidify our position as a serious long-term player in the Southern Lakes snow and action sports retail scene.”