I hate to be negative about what was supposed to be one of the shining lights of Christchurch’s rebuild, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to sink-the-slipper into the newly restored, repaired and refurbished New Regent Street, in the inner city CBD area.
It opened to much fanfare just a few weeks ago, (unfortunately it was a bitter wet cold weekend) and only five shops were open, the rest remaining empty, un-leased, or still under repair and re-modelling.
Since that opening weekend, a couple more shops may have opened, but the place is still largely deserted. I just did a walk-through at 4.10pm today (Monday 10 June 2013) and almost everything, what little there was, was closed already.
Enquiring as to whether a coffee-shop/cafe stayed open later on Friday nights, it appears not. Both Coffee Lovers and Shop Eight Rekindle close at 4pm. Number 157 on the corner (no…
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