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Coffee shop set to
meet demand in a
By CATE BROUGHTON
KAIAPOI COFFEE lovers will have
another choice of venue for their
daily brew with the arrival of Coffee
Culture on the ground floor of the
new Blackwells department store.
And the company s owners said
their presence would encourage
Kaiapoi people to shop locally.
We know having ourselves there
will ideally give people another
reason to stop and actually spend
their time in Kaiapoi, and hopefully
we will be the first of a number of
businesses to follow that trend, co-
owner of the Coffee Culture group,
Mike King, said.
The company had been looking for
a site in Kaiapoi since before the
September 2010 earthquake, and
was still confident there was a
For years, we ve had a number of
our guests asking us when we
are going to open a store in the
He said the speed of the recovery
effort and the development of
the town centre plan encouraged
the company to continue looking for
It was probably the speed, and
how the local community got on the
front foot with the town centre plan,
that was obviously really attractive
Mr King said the company had
already made the commitment to the
town before the site at Blackwells
We thought, we want to be there
as soon as a site s available , rather
than sitting on the sidelines and
looking to establish later on. We
want to be part of the rebuild as the
The development of new subdivi-
sions in the town to replace some of
the red-zoned properties was evi-
dence Kaiapoi would continue to
flourish and grow, he said.
The new store will be on the north-
west corner of the new Blackwells
building on Williams St and Raven
Quay, and Mr King said it was
positioned perfectly for all-day sun.
He expected the new store to open
in October, after the Blackwells
headquarters was finished.
BIG TICKET: The new Kaiapoi library, museum and service centre is a
significant investment in the town.
Modern design and
system for library
By CATE BROUGHTON
USERS OF Kaiapoi s new
library, museum and service
centre can expect the latest in
building design and technology-
driven comfort, but they will
have to issue their own books
and bring their coffee into the
building with them.
The $12 million project is
expected to be open by August or
September next year.
Former manager of Christ-
church City Libraries, Sue
Sutherland, who has been con-
tracted to ensure the design
meets users needs, said the
facility was a significant invest-
ment in the town and its people.
There is no room for a cafe in
the library, but a neighbouring
council-owned building, cur-
rently leased by Subway, could
in the future be leased to a cafe
operator, she said.
Ms Sutherland said that no
one would be stopped from
bringing their own coffee into
Users of the old Kaiapoi
library would find a very differ-
ent experience awaiting them,
Staff will work alongside
customers, rather than being
behind a desk.
A radio frequency identifi-
cation system will enable users
to self issue their items in
groups, rather than having to
scan each item separately.
On opening, there would prob-
ably be more staff to help people
adjust to the new system.
Once you have done it a cou-
ple of times, it s a doddle, but
you just need to be shown what
There will be two entrances
to the centre, one from Williams
St and one from the rear of
Built on two levels, the whole
northern side of the building --
on Raven Quay -- will have a
floor-to-ceiling glass frontage
facing the Kaiapoi river.
The service centre will be
near the Williams St entrance,
with a reading room and lounge
area on the corner of Williams
St and Raven Quay, facing a
covered outdoor living area.
The museum will incorporate
a large public display space on
the ground floor. The Kaiapoi
Historical Society has been
working with a museum
designer on the layout for a
A number of car parks will be
available at the rear of the
building, and the Kaiapoi Com-
munity Board is considering
whether to make the first part of
Raven Quay, directly in front of
the building, one way.
Ms Sutherland said this could
give the community the option of
using the facility and the road
frontage for public events.
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