The Five Mile Centre is continuing to provide key premises for a diverse range of retail and business ventures, on the outskirts of Queenstown, with the recent opening of the five-storey $30m Craigs Investment building.
Five Mile developer, Craig Greenwood, is upbeat about the combination of businesses at the centre whichincludes the Mountain Club collaborative office space, the popular Queenstown founded Joe’s Garage café, restaurant and bar and a village pub planned to open in 2020.
“We’ve worked hard to get the right mix of tenants into the centre and outlets such as Joe’s Garage, which is opening its 13thNew Zealand café at Five Mile, and the new pub will add to the community feel of what’s on offer.”
He says Joe’s Garage has a superb space on the ground floor of the new complex.
“It features indoor and outdoor seating and an open fireplace looking out to the Remarkables Mountains,” he says. “We are delighted the legendary café is officially opening its doors in time for spring and summer.”
The proposed new pubwill be in traditional village style with a large beer garden, all-weather kids’ play zone and plenty of parking.
“The opportunity to develop a greenfield pub site within Five Mile is a vision I’ve had for some years,” says hospitality entrepreneur, Peter Jefford, who owns the Brazz, The London and Pier in Queenstown. “The pub is positioned to enjoy amazing views and all-day sun long into the summer evenings.”
The Mountain Club, on the third floor of the building, is co-founded by Jason Wilby and Chris Davern, who expect to build a group of around 100 businesses to meet the increasing demand for shared office space. The fit-out reflects an appealing boutique hotel design and membership of the club is available to local community and business people as well as business travellers.
“It feels like Queenstown is on the cusp of a major transition from a solely tourism-based economy to one that can offer highly skilled roles in design technology and services,” says Jason.
Other businesses based in the Craigs Investment building include Craigs Investment Partners, Mitchell Mackersy, the Focus Technology Group, AR & A Associates multi-disciplinary consultancy company, construction service company Project 360 and Naylor Love building company.
Ace Car Rental is also opening its base on land behind Five Mile in November, close to Queenstown International Airport, providing an important tourist service.