Queenstown’s council may have shunned a move to Frankton, but dozens of new and existing business are recognising its benefits.
Business and retail centre Five Mile’s offering is increasing rapidly with several fitouts underway in the $30 million Craigs Investment Building.
With four floors above the ground floor, it’s Frankton’s second office tower after the four-level Remarkables House, at Remarkables Park, opened in 2017.
A second local Joe’s Garage cafe opens on the ground floor in spring.
It will be the 13th Joe’s in New Zealand, including the original outlet which opened in the Queenstown CBD in 2000.
Arriving mid-month on the third floor is Mountain Club – a collaborative office space with a sun deck and 280-degree views.
Founders Jason Wilby and Chris Davern are aiming for a community of about 100 businesses, while also catering for business travellers.
Its fitout mirrors a boutique hotel rather than a traditional office.
As well as fibre-powered WiFi and unlimited printing, members’ perks include Supreme coffee roasted in Wellington, local craft beers and community nights.
“It feels like Queenstown is on the cusp of a major transition from a solely tourism-based economy to one that can offer highly-skilled roles in design, technology and services,” Wilby says.
Long-time local IT and software company Focus Technology Group relocates its 10 Queenstown CBD staff to the building’s second level around late next month.
AR & Associates, a boutique consultancy in the planning, project management, civil and environmental engineering fields, moves into the third floor later this month.
Other tenants include law firm Mitchell Mackersy, Craigs Investment Partners, construction services company Project 360, Landmark Homes and building company Naylor Love.
Meanwhile, Queenstown hospitality entrepreneur Pete Jefford – owner of Brazz, The London and Pier – is opening a standalone pub with a large beer garden at Five Mile.
Work starts in September with a view to opening mid-next year.
Jefford: “The opportunity to develop a greenfield pub site within Five Mile is a vision I’ve had for some years.”
Plans are still being finalised but he says elements will include lots of brick and reclaimed timber, and an all-weather kids’ play zone – news that will delight many parents.
Ace Car Rental is also setting up shop at Five Mile from November 1, taking advantage of its proximity to Queenstown airport.
Five Mile developer Craig Greenwood comments: “We’ve worked hard to get the right mix of tenants into the Craigs Investment Building, and outlets such as Joe’s Garage and the new pub will add to the community feel of the centre, attracting locals as well as visitors.”