business

Boxed out

A Queenstown business is being forced to close its doors after 30 years to make way for yet another big-box development. Shotover Garden Centre manager Sam Taylor calls the closure of the centre "pretty sad" – but says the community...

Mobil closure

Its sudden closure's sparked plenty of chatter, but a Queenstown petrol station's not gone for good. Mobil Queenstown in Frankton shut up shop almost overnight last weekend, with the store cleared out and fencing springing up around the site. The franchise...

Hospo’s hell

Queenstown's hospo industry is at "crisis point" due to visa delays, cut-throat competition, and increasing pressure on staff. One long-time bar owner's had to close her business twice in a week to give staff a break, the first time in...

Downtown dilemma

'Do we stay or do we go?' The owners of Raeward Fresh say they're among many central Queenstown retailers who've been weighing up whether to decamp to Frankton's burgeoning shopping centres. Angela and Nathan Imlach, who are putting on a festive...

Kmart site under microscope

Queenstown's council is conducting a follow-up investigation into the troubled Queenstown Central construction site. The resort's new Kmart store, part of the $100 million first stage of the Frankton Flats retail development, opened last month after a two-week delay due...
Kiwibank's chief economist says conditions are ripe to splash out on Queenstown infrastructure. But Jarrod Kerr, in town last week to give a keynote speech at the three-day New Zealand Society of Actuaries conference, says it's up to locals whether expansion...

Restaurant changes course

New owners have breathed new life into one of Arrowtown's oldest restaurants. Following a $150,000 refurbishment during winter, The Stables was re-rated by Queenstown's council last Wednesday. It formerly had an 'adequate'-only 'C' rating, as noted by Mountain Scene last week,...

Kmart opens its doors

Queenstown's highly anticipated Kmart store's finally opened, after weeks of delays and building blunders. Hundreds of bargain hunters were on site to get their fix from 8am today, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The store, part of the $100 million first stage...
Shoppers eagerly awaiting the delayed opening of Queenstown's new Kmart store will be allowed to fill their trolleys tomorrow, according to the retail chain. The store, which is part of the $100 million first stage of the Queenstown Central retail development...

Legal name change

A resort lawyer's changing his firm's name to the simplest name for a Queenstown law firm – Queenstown Law. Russell Mawhinney, who's practised in town since 2002, started his property and business firm, Mawhinney & Co, four years ago, but...

Queenstown Inc rallies round

Local businesses and individuals have "spoiled rotten" a cancer-stricken five-year-old and her Northland family holidaying in Queenstown. Charlie Powell is fighting a rare grade 4 brain cancer and has already endured three surgeries and radiation treatment in less than two...
There was a moment when I wondered if it was wise to eat before taking on iFLY. I'm not a skydiving virgin – I leapt out of a plane to celebrate my 21st birthday – but I wasn't expecting the...
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