Development ‘positive’

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Owner Nicole Carter (left) and therapist Tia Ried outside the new premises of her business Beauty and Beyond. Photo: Giordano Stolley

A WEEK after moving her business Beauty and Beyond to its new premises in Kelvin St, Nicole Carter is looking forward to the Invercargill’s planned inner-city development.

Her spa and beauty retreat was at 18 Kelvin St right next to the Kelvin Hotel, but this week workers were still putting the finishing touches to the new premises further along the street.

Mrs Carter is upbeat about the move and also about Invercargill’s planned $200 million city centre redevelopment – the reason she had to relocate her business.

“We’ve got to look to our future. I’m very pro this development.”

Beauty and Beyond had been in the Category 2 Heritage-listed building for 15 years, but because of the close proximity to other buildings, including the Kelvin Hotel, it had been impossible to strengthen the building to meet the new earthquake regulations.

In a twist of fate she has managed to buy the very building in which she was a tenant, when she first started her business.

“I think it is very positive. I think there is too much negativity. We have got to allow for progress. I would not stand in the way of progress.”

She described the new location as fitting in with her business as there were several clothing shops in the vicinity and that her clients were happy with the new premises, which are a little more spacious.

“We want to still be in the the hub of Invercargill.”

Mrs Carter did not believe that when completed, the inner-city development would deprive Beauty and Beyond of its clientele.

The plan for HWCP Management Ltd is to build a covered complex for retail, entertainment and hospitality, encompassing the block bordered by Dee, Tay, Kelvin and Esk streets.

HWCP is a joint partnership between HW Richardson Group and the Invercargill City Council.

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