The owners of Wanaka's Speight's Ale House in the new 93
Ardmore St building have this week been turning away
prospective customers who could not wait for the restaurant's
opening today. The eatery, and other tenants, are in the new
mixed-use building at the eastern end of Wanaka's prime
lakefront commercial strip, on a 1131sq m site next to the
Bullock Creek reserve.
Wanaka's previous Speight's Ale House, which operated from
the other end of the strip, became the Wanaka Ale House a few
years ago. The co-owner of the new Wanaka Speight's Ale
House, Grant Lawrie, said the company had been keen to return
to the town and 93 Ardmore St was ''the perfect property'',
one which would be an asset to Wanaka's hospitality and
The pub and restaurant is the second Speight's Ale House
featuring the company's ''new generation'' fit-out. The first
is in Nelson. The 93 Ardmore St building was constructed by
Naylor Love and has 11 tenancies, including the BNZ, which
was first to open on Monday, and Francesca's Italian
Restaurant, opening next week. Eight commercial tenants will
move into upstairs offices either before Christmas and early
in the new year.
Colliers International agent Mary-Jo Hudson said there had
been high levels of interest from prospective tenants,
particularly in the ground-floor units, which were ''snapped
up'' as construction started at the beginning of the year.
''The success of the project, including the fact that it is
fully leased prior to completion, is firmly linked to the
fundamentals of the property - a prime location and
functional but high-quality design principles, which in turn
attracts high quality tenants,'' Ms.Hudson said.
The 93 Ardmore St development is on the last property on the
central lakefront strip available for commercial development.