The Mall

From once selling fridges and washing machines to, more latterly, selling legal services, Phil Wilson’s had a very varied business life. On the eve of his retirement, the keen horse racing man discusses his various track gallops, including his...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Echoing its famous Chico’s heyday, an upstairs Queenstown Mall space has turned into a sports bar and music venue called Crew Room. Owners Jenny and Terry Goulding originally bought the downstairs Captain’s Restaurant, in the historic Eureka House...
By PHILIP CHANDLER If anyone knows how hard Queenstown’s retail scene is, not least this year, it’s local couple Judy and John Knight, who this week mark 25 years in business. They’ve had Outside Sports — specialising in ski, hike, bike and...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Despite a last-minute name change, a new Queenstown hospo joint’s set to open on schedule next week. Future Bars bought iconic steak and seafood restaurant, Britannia, two years ago, closing its doors in March for a fancy makeover —...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstowner Jack Allan, who died last week, aged 93, is being remembered as ‘‘a true son and gentleman of the Wakatipu’’. He’s part of a family who’ve been in the district for six generations, dating back to the...

Businesses defy downturn

By PHILIP CHANDLER WHAT downturn? Despite Covid-19 border closures causing business carnage, five operators - an art gallery, a car dealership and three hospo companies managed to open new outlets between last Friday and Monday. After fashion store World closed in Church...
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