Our Rebuild



The Rebuild Journey

Our rebuild is progressing well with the demolition of the Andersons Building which formally housed our Homewares department in late 2017. Ballantynes has such a rich history and so many customers have asked about our plans for future development - so we thought we’d take you on our rebuild journey as we develop and build our new store leading up to our official opening in Spring 2019.  


Interior Design Look and Feel

The Buchan Group has worked closely with Ballantynes in refurbishing the store in recent years including the new fit out for Womenswear and the Accessories department.  Associate designer, Charlotte Cochrane is working with each of the departments to bring their vision to life. Inspired by her travels to some of the world’s most exquisite department stores and the natural materials available locally, Charlotte states, “the interior design of the space brings a sense of luxury and sophistication with it's beautiful new stone-like porcelain tiles and marble surfaces with fine gold detailing which adds elegance to the space, creating reflections and movement as the customer circulates.  I know how important the customers overall experience is to Ballantynes, so we have designed a space that invites users to explore, be entertained and have a unique experience with every visit.”


 Ballantynes Rebuild Concept

Artists impressions of the new wine bar and delicatessen in the rebuild.



Exciting New Developments!

Here’s just a sample of what you can expect in Spring 2019 from Ballantynes:


The Café & Wine Bar

Pantry buyer, Kate Sekulla is overseeing the curation of the new Ballantynes wine cellar. Kate is sourcing wines and spirits locally and globally and plans to categorise the wines by terroirs. She believes “by sourcing this way it gives our customers a more interesting appreciation of the varietals of grapes grown in any one area. This could be well known vineyards and a selection of organic, wines from small wine producers.”

Working closely with Perri Saunderson Ballantynes Executive Chef, both are excited to be able to offer a selection of wines and champagnes in our new wine bar, showcasing bespoke food pairings and platters created and prepared in the Ballantynes kitchen. Perri’s focus is to “celebrate the very best of Canterbury product and beautiful inhouse breads baked daily. The delicatessen will give us the opportunity to offer our customers a range of quality local artisan and imported products as well as an expanded range of Ballantynes Pantry Fresh that can be taken home for any delicious and easy meal occasion.”


The Chocolate Library

Pantry buyer, Kate seeks to create an environment where customers can explore and experience the taste sensations of their surroundings, where the space is designed to be fluid so her team can constantly evolve their offering. A sneak peak into what will be on offer at launch includes Christchurch’s first chocolate library and a dedicated specialist tea area. When asked why a chocolate library? Kate believes that, “like wine, not all chocolate is equal. We like to support New Zealand makers who source their beans locally and make their own chocolate from scratch. We’re not chocolate snobs, more experts and as chocolate is for different moods, we’ll ensure our Chocolate Library has at least one option to suit every mood!”

Kate’s other passion-project is a dedicated special tea area including tea tastings, blending and accessories. Some of the range will include highest grade silver tips and our own Ballantynes brand of tea, sourced and picked by our own team here in New Zealand.




Eventing & Demonstrations 

The demonstration kitchen will provide an area that both our inhouse and guest chefs can showcase their talents along with displays from artisan produces and suppliers. The café and wine bar areas have been created for flexibility and will enable Ballantynes to hold events which will cater for small intimate groups through to large customers evenings.


Time Lapse of Development

October 2017 |  January 2018 | January 2019