October Update - Spring is our thing!
The CCBA held its AGM Tuesday 15th October and we had the best ever turnout with just over 90 attendees. We presented our Annual Report and Financial Audit and then we held an election for the contested board positions. A new Chair and Secretary were elected along with a few new board members. Check out who they are below!
Our AGM was held at the Riverside Kitchen in the Riverside Market and a big thanks to owner Kirsten Fox for her hospitality and getting sponsor support from our members Kaiser Beer Garden and Vino Fino
To read our CCBA Annual Report & Financial Audit - Click HERE
We would like to acknowledge the work and efforts of the outgoing CCBA executive: Chair, Brendan Chase, Chase Commercial, Deputy Chair Reinier Eulink, Crowne Plaza Hotels, Secretary, Margo Perpick, Apollo Power Yoga and Genevieve Ogilvie Lee, OLT Properties. We would like to pass on special thanks to outgoing Chair, Brendan Chase who served on the CCBA Board for 10 years and over two of those was as chairman. Brendan served all the way through some of the most difficult central city terrain including the earthquakes and the rebuild.
Annabel Turley: (Chair) - Business Owner,Cashel Pharmacy, Forte Pharmacy & Christchurch Central Pharmacy
Shaun Stockman: (Treasurer) Property Owner, Director KPI Rothschild
Nicki Carter: (Secretary) The Carter Group
Antony Gough: Property Owner, The Terrace
Maureen Taane:Business Owner, HAPA, BNZ Centre
Jono Moran:Business Owner, Infinite Definite
Kerrie Bloomfield: CHC Properties & Property Manager, ANZ Centre & Hereford Street Carpark
Rowena Watson: Business Owner, Beadz Unlimited, New Regent Street
Mike Percasky: Property Owner, Riverside Market, Little High Eatery
Scott Wilson: Business Owner, Digital Influence
As a central city retailer, I have daily interactions with customers, staff and fellow business owners, and I experience and witness first-hand the daily challenges our central city retailers face.
I would like to see the CCBA focusing on acting as a voice for our members to help tackle the pressing issues such as antisocial behaviour.
I would also like the CCBA to be involved in marketing our central city’s unique offering in a coordinated way so we can have a central city where locals are proud to call their own and tourists love to visit.
This is what has led to my a desire to lead the CCBA as its chairperson.
As a business owner and with hands-on retail experience, I feel I can bring a lot to the table as the CCBA tackles these pressing issues
Activity we know are happening:
The Riverside Market opening has completed a large corner of the Retail Precinct along the river front. The opening of the market has seen massive jump in foot traffic along Cashel Street flowing back through the city. A 40% increase according to the foot traffic counters and considering we did not have the greatest weather for the opening this is a really great result.
I am expecting to receive more in-depth foot traffic analysis in the coming weeks which I will share with you.
It is fair to say that Riverside has delivered everything we hoped for and more along with great timing for the summer and Christmas seasons. This will certainly help boost our Christmas and new season trading.
With the boost in foot traffic we are seeing the return of our local buskers performing in front of the bridge of Remembrance and providing entertainment and energy on the street.
Our job now is to maximise the new customers coming into the city, many for the first time since the earthquakes. Let's make them feel welcome to encourage repeat visitation to the central city.
Ballantynes opened its new European influenced retail space last week and it looks stunning. The rebuild incorporates a deli, a café and a wine bar. They have added additional carparks to their rebuild which connects directly to the Lichfield Street Carpark building as it did prior the earthquakes. This marks another major step forward for the city and helps Ballantynes consolidate their retail offering back under one roof.