Allan Dippie (left), managing director of Nichol's Garden
Group, with dog Ben outside the construction site of a new
cafe, pet store and garden store in Dunedin. At rear are
(from left) Nichol's Garden Cafe owner Frances Raymond,
cafe manager Lana Topia, Nichol's Dunedin manager Rhys
Gibbs, Pet Warehouse Dunedin manager Gareth Keenan and cafe
owner Bryan Raymond. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Flora, fauna and a cuppa will come together in a
redeveloped Dunedin business complex.
The site on the corner of Timaru and Teviot Sts is being made
into a garden centre, a pet shop and a cafe.
''I'm pretty exited about it,'' Nichol's Garden Group
managing director Allan Dippie said.
Mr Dippie said the garden centre and cafe would move into a
Nichol's Garden Cafe would open in November.
The former garden centre would be converted into a pet shop
and would open in February.
The Pet Warehouse would shift from the Bartons Building on
the corner of Manse and Stafford Sts and be rebranded
Nichol's Pet Warehouse.
In England, garden centres and pet shops often retailed
together but in New Zealand it was a rarity.
Cafe owner Bryan Raymond said the licensed cafe would have
seating, inside and out, for about 90 people.
Pet Warehouse Dunedin manager Gareth Keenan said the new pet
store would have 320sq m of floor space - about twice the
size of the shop in the Old Bartons Building.
The new shop would have an aviary and an outdoor area, he
''It gives our store an extra dimension.''