The Tannery is a boutique shopping emporium on the banks of the Heathcote River in Woolston, Christchurch, New Zealand.
The old industrial precinct is now home to an eclectic group of artisans in their own rights: a hub of creativity and hospitality, retail and craft.
New Zealand’s unique historical retail experience, based in east Christchurch, has a colourful and fascinating background. It is now an energetic thriving centre of the best retail offerings of their sort, led by independently owned business people with passion and flair.
Founder Alasdair Cassels purchased the historic Tannery, next to the Heathcote River, in the 1994 looking for an opportunity to develop it to reflect the significance of the location and preserve and promote the history of the place Maori lived and the English settlers navigated in the 1840s.
With the 2010 earthquake and a relaxation of planning issues the opportunity emerged and The Tannery was born. Starting with The Brewery and a commitment to craft and quality, Cassels & Sons Beer was born. The entire building was wrecked in February 2011, but Alasdair, Zak and Joe and families committed to rebuild and create The Tannery we see now.
From stage 1 to the completion of The Atrium three years later the project faced many challenges including re creating the crafts and experiences of the 1800s.
Now The Tannery is a destination discovered by locals and tourists with 57 retailers and over 65 resident businesses. High and casual fashion, books, quality arts and crafts, gifts and homewares, personal services and fine dining all operate successfully in the bustling space nestled beside the Port Hills.