The opening of the new Sudima Hotel and retail building in Five Mile Centre represents the single biggest influx of new businesses to Queenstown in many years.
The nine new ventures represent a dynamic mix of retailers who are all open for the summer.
They include North Beach which is a street, surf, skate and lifestyle clothing and footwear retailer. Their goal is to kit out visitors for all kinds of adventures from bikinis to mountain hiking activewear.
“As a 100 per cent Kiwi owned and operated business we’ve always wanted to open a store here and build long-term relationships with local customers,” says general manager Dave Malcolm.
Long-time local resident Kath Evans has over 20 years’ experience in retail and is renowned for her design services, home staging and beautiful furniture and accessories – she is operating Peak Interiors and specialty Christmas store Holly & Ivy in the new complex.
Australasian outdoor equipment and clothing brand Kathmandu has also joined the Five Mile family. The company recently rebranded to focus on sustainably made outdoor gear, aimed at getting people to experience nature’s benefits more often.
Living and giftware store Redcurrent was the first to open at the centre bringing a beautiful selection of 100 per cent French flax bedlinen, throws, cushions, home fragrance and outdoor living as well as children’s clothing and furniture to the mix.
Kiwi owned and operated Bivouac Outdoor, in business for 30 years, has opened at Five Mile with its 11th New Zealand store .
“We’re very pleased to serve the Queenstown and Wānaka areas,” says managing director Wayne Martin. “This is our most southern store and our ongoing mission is to help Kiwis have safe and enjoyable outdoor adventures all year round.”
Fans of Queenstown Japanese restaurant Tanoshi’s fun, back-alley Osaka-style dining experiences, with their authentic, traditional cuisine are welcoming the new outlet at Five Mile.
Owner Matty Yates says the new restaurant is larger than their downtown outlets but is split into zones to ensure the same feeling of intimacy.
“Tanoshi means fun and that’s what we deliver, authentic tapas-style shared dishes and traditional cuisine from the teppan grill that our loyal locals rave about.”
Skechers Queenstown has introduced a full range of footwear for women, men, kids and infants, including the latest sport, performance, work and casual footwear, plus sportswear.
General manager Ben Hapgood says the location is perfect because as a global brand, they’re keen to serve local customers.
“We’re so excited to be in Aotearoa’s most impressive playground!”
Moss Spa Queenstown is also part of the new face of Five Mile and is the home of heavenly treatments that include everything from facials and massages to relaxing and rejuvenating body treatments and packages to indulge the mind and body.
The 4.5-star 120-room Sudima Hotel, open for bookings from February, offers a quality experience at an affordable price, according to Five Mile director Craig Greenwood.
“The hotel will also have four meeting and conference rooms, meeting a need identified by our business customers. The space will also be perfect for hosting small weddings.”
“The hotel facilities, married with 2700 square metres of ground floor retail paints a very positive picture in terms of servicing our growing local community in Frankton.”