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30th Oct - Business Briefs


Pumpkin Patch To Close

The receiver says Wanganui's Pumpkin Patch store will be closed along with six others: Ponsonby, Takapuna and Henderson in Auckland, Te Rapa in Hamilton, Coastlands in Paraparaumu and Hornby in Christchurch. They will be closed by November 8 with 57 job losses.

A sad day for the staff of five in Wanganui. Hope you find more work soon.

Angora Restaurant Hoping To Re-open

 The owner of the Angora Restaurant, gutted by fire a few weeks ago, hasn't given up on re-opening.
"Whether it will be on that site or somewhere else I can't say yet," said Aaron Stratford. "But it won't be this year.''

The early morning blaze took firemen several hours to bring under control.

Mushroom Farm Under Offer

The old mushroom farm in Westmere is under offer. It has a rateable value of $630,000.

The Ray White agent handling negotiations says the prospective owners - who are locals - have commercial plans for the site but they don't involve mushrooms. It seems the days of growing mushrooms are over.

Strong Interest In Victoria Avenue Properties

The agent responsible for selling 85-97 Victoria Ave and 74-96 Hill St  says there has been strong buyer interest "from all over the place".

Anchored by a Farmers store, the two properties run in parallel and are connected by Maria Place. They surround a large carpark which is part of the sale.

Expressions of interest close on October 31.

Interest In Ex 'Caroline's Celtic' Section

Ross Watson Real Estate reports keen interest in the Vic Ave site that was home to Caroline's Celtic, before it burned to the ground three years back. Tenders close on November 24.

Mr Watson also said the residential market remained buoyant. Aucklanders looking for a less stressful lifestyle were driving demand.

Wanganui Fire Service

A replacement for Wanganui fire chief Bernie Rush will not be known until February next year at the earliest. Mr Rush will spend his retirement in the US.

In the meantime area fire commander Gary Ward will be in charge of the station.


21st Oct - Business Briefs


Time to say good-pie

Kristy's Cafe on London St is on the market. 
After five years, Garry Kristiansen and his partner, Lee Tweeddale, are parting with their their pie paradise for $200,000.  
Mr Kristiansen's first cafe was in Raetihi, where his reputation as an ace pie-maker and cook spread far and wide, especially among truckies travelling the North Island.  
They would pull off State Highway One and detour into Raetihi for one of the famously large feeds or a pie or two. 
He then decided to try his luck in Wanganui and before no time at all was making a crust....in dollar times as well. 
He opened up in Vic Ave but found the shop was too small so moved to London St, where his business has flourished.
Garry said he will help the new owners find their feet before he and his partner get to spend more time on their farm in Waitotara.

Life's a beach for new camp owners

Mowhanau Beach Holiday Park has new owners.  
Otaki farmers Jeff and Jude Sims have traded turf for the surf.   
Jude grew up in Wanganui and spent many happy childhood days in summer swimming at the beach.  
"It's a great wee spot," said Jeff. "There's a lot of fish being caught out there today."

In their Element

The Element is back in in the running for Cafe of the Year award. 
It was one of the top 10 finalists last year after winning the Central Region title but failed to scoop top prize. Its final placing was kept secret by organisers. 
One winner is selected in each of the four categories, Best Metro/CBD, Best Suburban, Best Rural and Classic Kiwi, from which the supreme winner of NZ Café of the Year is chosen. The People’s Choice winner is determined through public vote. 
The Meadow Fresh Cafe of the Year Supreme winner will be announced at an event in Auckland in February. 
The winner will win a Melbourne Cafes Tour worth $7,500 and a $20,000 editorial package in Dish Magazine.

The Yellow House Cafe is in the running for a People's Choice Award. 
Owner Stewart Belk opened the cafe with his business partner Johnathan Banks over five years ago. 

Tania steps up for the Little Guy

Tania Warbrick has opened Little Guys Copy and Print shop at 72A Guyton St. 
Formerly with the Quay Copy Centre until it was closed for good by last year's floods, Tania said her aim was to provide a more affordable rate of copying documents to all the small businesses in the city. Hence the Little Guys name. 
Tania is also an accomplished photographer.

On the market

The Dolphins Takeaways in Jones St Wanganui East. The owner has just opened up another shop in Marton and wants to offload this one.

Opening up

A hairdresser in the building next to Shantons and just opened up, Simply Whiter Teeth in Maria Pl.


14th August - Business Briefs


Wanganui Shop Closes

Another Wanganui business closed up shop early afternoon on Friday -  Stardust Creation

Sports Shop Relocates

Next door to Stardust Creations, Stirling Sports has relocated to a block closer to the city bridge.

New Owners For Petrol Station

It is reported that BP on Taup Quay has been sold to buyers from Auckland.

Old BP Site Under Contract

The  desolate site next door to the Hungry Bear restaurant on Victoria Ave is under contract. The premises was home to a BP service station but has been empty for  more than a year now.

The agent said full details about the purchaser would be released in three weeks but it was a local firm relocating.

New Owners for Holiday Park 

It looks like Mowhanau Beach holiday park will have  new owners for summer.

Due diligence on its sale is being completed. The agent said there was keen buyer interest and the new owners were from out of town. Hosts Robyn and Murray Abbot  are sad to be leaving but they say the time has come to make a move.

The park was priced at $760,000.

Interest in Victoria Avenue Building

It remains up for sale, but negotiations to purchase the  Vic Ave/Maria Pl building  that accommodates the ANZ and Whitcoulls are firming up.

It has attracted interest from potential buyers from within New Zealand and overseas.

New Dog Groomer Opens For Business

Opened recently is the Grooming Pad run by Nichola Goodier. The English-born dog groomer can be found pampering pets in her shop next door to  Tony's Tyre Service  on Wilson St.

New Indian Takeaway In Springvale

And another Indian takeaway outlet for the city - Curry To Go, located at Fitzherbert Shopping Centre.

Other Businesses On The Market

Braemar House bed and breakfast, $695,000, and Paper Plus $126,000 plus stock


30th April 2016 - Business Briefs


Furniture Business Doing Well

Three years ago the owners of evergreen Wanganui business Strath Davis Furniture decided to close the shop for good. Turning a profit had almost become too tough in a commercial world dominated by cheap imports and online shopping. The closing down sales signs went up, a sign of the times, more like it.

But one of the owners, Michael Davis, couldn't walk away and he convinced fellow owner, his sister Heather Beets,  to keep trading. And three years on they are hardly rolling in  it but are doing financially better.

In September2016 the business will turn 50 and the couple have plans to celebrate the milestone! Great news ....

Public Trust Moves

The Public Trust has moved its office from  88 Victoria Ave to 400 Victoria Ave.

Two Businesses Close Doors This Week

Following earlier reports they were closing, both Postie Plus and Dick Smith stores in the Victoria Avenue closed their doors this week.

Bakery On The Market

Long-time Wanganui bakery Savages is on the market.

Owner Darryl Blythe said that after 30 years in charge, he was keen to "take it easy".

Savages has three shops ... two in Wanganui East and one on St Johns Hill.

The bakery, which went on the market two weeks ago for $280,000 plus GST, has drawn buyer interest.

Bar Closes

The Riverside Bar on Taupo Quay has closed.

Owned by Paul Sheahon, it opened two years ago, aiming to lure ''slightly older folk with easy listening playlists while offering a relaxed atmosphere''. It also offered a stage to young musicians desperate for exposure.

 

Furniture Business Doing Well

Three years ago the owners of evergreen Wanganui business Strath Davis Furniture decided to close the shop for good. Turning a profit had almost become too tough in a commercial world dominated by cheap imports and online shopping. The closing down sales signs went up, a sign of the times, more like it.

But one of the owners, Michael Davis, couldn't walk away and he convinced fellow owner, his sister Heather Beets,  to keep trading. And three years on they are hardly rolling in  it but are doing financially better.

In September 2016 the business will turn 50 and the couple have plans to celebrate the milestone! Great news ....

On The Market

The very popular  La Strada  Restaurant which has been operating on Victoria Ave's Bridge Block for just 20 months.

The real estate agent says: "Ideally the vendors would like to sell as a going concern. However, the set-uo, plant and equipment is ideally suited for continuing as a trendy restaurant."

 Job Losses

 More gloomy news on the job front.

On top of the pending job losses at Cavalier Carpets, Pacific Helmets have confirmed they  recently laid off staff.

They declined to reveal the number or discuss the reasons for the cuts.


Cavalier Restructure Hits Wanganui Plant - 65 jobs could go


Cavalier Corporation has started consultation with its manufacturing staff in Wanganui in relation to a proposed consolidation of its carpet operations.

To realise greater efficiencies Cavalier is proposing to consolidate its woollen yarn spinning operations into a single hub at its Napier plant, shift its felted operations to its Wanganui plant and close its Christchurch operation.

It is estimated this will result in about 65 net job losses across the whole company, but this cannot be confirmed until staff have been properly consulted and the process is completed.

Cavalier Corporation chief executive Paul Alston says the proposed changes follow an extensive review of Cavalier's manufacturing processes and on the back of decreasing demand for woollen carpet.
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Whanganui Airport Inserts The 'h'


NAME CHANGE - In line with the decision by the Geographic Board to formally recognise our district as Whanganui, the Airport has formally changed its name to Whanganui Airport.  All the changes will progressively be made as the AIP and Charts are updated over the course of the year.  CAA now recognises as a Whanganui Airport and you may have noticed that all signage has been updated to reflect the changes.


The Renovator Centre Re-locates


The Renovators Centre are now at their new premises in Maria Place Extension, alongside Ginza Bargains.


New Owners For Stellar Restaurant and Bar


New owners for Stellar Restaurant and Bar

We are delighted to announce that the Stellar Restaurant and Bar, as from today, is now under new ownership.

The new owners are Christopher and Kerri Sullivan owners of the Thirsty Whale Bar & Restaurant in Napier. They tell us that some fabulous changes are coming….. 


City Accountants Merge


On 1st April, well known Chartered accounting firms Carey, Hood & Co Ltd and Sewell & Wilson Ltd merged businesses.

Their new entity will be known as Spooner, Hood, & Redpath Ltl, Chartered Accountants and they will be located at 162 Wicksteed Street.


Postie Plus Closing


It sad to see that Postie Plus is leaving us but we still have until 24th April to get in there and grab some bargains.


Good News : Cotton On


Good News - Cotton On is coming to Wanganui, we have been in touch with head office in Australia and plans are still in place. They are still seeking location and premises. They said it will happen this year - we will keep you posted.


Whitlock Freight is up for sale


...due to retirement. Lots of regular clients and a great opportunity to own and grow a well-known and respected family business. Contact Sue Ellis at LJ Hooker 027 452 5986


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