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CHCH Central Unwrapped: Abby White

Abby White is the Store Manager of H&M at The Crossing. We caught up with her to discuss what she loves about the festive season:

Abby White married a Cantabrian, so has lived in Christchurch since 2011. 

Abby's career in retail started 13 years ago and in February 2017 she joined H&M as Store Manager of the second New Zealand store at The Crossing.  After 6 months training in Auckland, she opened the store in September 2017. Leading a team of 50, Abby's role is about focusing on both the people and the product; she looks after her crew and in turn they look after the customers and product.


Where will you be eating and drinking this December in the CDB? 

During the day I’ll head downstairs to Coffee Culture.  The environment and people are amazing, and the food is really fantastic. In the evening it’s up to Little High on High Street.

Eight Grains

What will you be ordering there?
Dumplings and beer!

Where's your go to for getting Christmas presents in the CBD?
H&M is of course my go-to, but I’ll also wander Cashel Street all the way to Riverside Market, which is my new niche.


Where would you shop for a Christmas outfit in the CBD? 

H&M first, then MECCA.

Margaret Mahy

What's your favourite spot to spend time with friends and family in the CBD? 

I have two kids so it’s Margaret Mahy every time, then New Regent Street for an ice cream and coffee at Rollickin.


What is your favourite Christmas film?
I’m not big on Christmas films, but I do love The Grinch.

Favourite part of the Christmas meal?

BBQ lunch, prawns, (that sounds so Australian!) and, of course, champagne for breakfast.

What events are you looking forward to over the Christmas break? 

Trips to Hagley Park and The Botanic Gardens to explore the gardens, cafes etc.

How do you get around in the CBD?
We drive in, park, then walk everywhere.

What would your Christmas wish be for the Central City?

A massive Christmas tree like the one in Rockefeller Center, NYC. We’ve got the space for it and we’re known as the Garden City after all!