The Waimakariri District is the third fastest growing in New Zealand. The two main centres, Kaiapoi and Rangiora are rebuilding into exciting architectural towns – acknowledging the past and reflecting the future. With this work well underway and a growing population – North Canterbury is ripe with opportunities for retail operators.  


Artists impression of Ravenswood retail precinct crop2There is currently some large redevelopment suitable for big box retail towards the east end of Rangiora as well as in Southbrook, the gateway to Rangiora. In Kaiapoi, a well-placed commercial development is underway alongside the main motorway.

For boutique operators opportunities abound – from small picturesque towns such as Oxford, to new subdivisions such as Silverstream that are incorporating some exciting retail options.

When it comes to potential customers the region has a population of over 70,000. The Waimakariri District represents the bulk of these with a smaller number in the Hurunui.

Residents of the Waimakariri District enjoy a relatively high level of disposable income compared to Canterbury and New Blackwells Store Retail in North CanterburyZealand as a whole. The district has one of the highest rates of home ownership in the country, low unemployment and a growing number of households earning between $50,000 and $100,000 a year.

The median age in the district is 42.9. 

To discuss retail opportunities and for further information on resources, premises and processes please contact Enterprise North Canterbury today.





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