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Retail on Show

Monday 29 August 2011
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Retail on Show

Christchurch retailers looking to get their businesses back on track are encouraged to participate in the South Island’s largest event - the Canterbury A&P Show. Trade exhibition space for the 2011 Show is now available with Show organisers developing themed feature areas to cater for retailers who have been affected by the disruption to city and suburban shopping.

“The Show is a unique opportunity for retailers with a range of options including indoor pavilions and feature marquees as well as over 12 acres of outside exhibitor space. Attracting 100,000+ visitors each year the Show consistently delivers for our exhibitors” commented Show Event Director Rae Finlay.

The Canterbury A&P Show will be held in November at Canterbury Agricultural Park, a purpose built facility located South of Christchurch CBD. The grounds received no damage from the recent earthquakes with all permanent buildings receiving structural clearance.

Feature pavilions at the Show include Food & Wine NZ (gourmet food and produce), Home & Garden (ideas and displays for entertaining, decorating, gardening and building) and Lifestyle & Leisure (products from education to clothing and jewellery to interior design).

The focus for Lifestyle & Leisure this year is to create a retail hub at the Show offering visitors the chance to get in some retail therapy while enjoying all of the other entertainment and attractions popular with Show visitors. The pavilion will also include a mini wedding expo section to assist those who are making plans for their special day.

“It has been a challenging few months for businesses affected directly and indirectly by the earthquakes including businesses that exhibit at the Show such as Annah Stretton Clothing. Following the closure of the High Street store a new store was opened in Rangiora with a second Annah Stretton store planned as part of the Colombo 363 development” added Finlay.

Annah Stretton Clothing have committed to exhibiting at the Show this year with their Chameleon range of clothing.

“Exhibiting at the Show demonstrates our absolute commitment to Christchurch retail and our customers. It is an excellent way to showcase your products and services to a broad demographic. Consumer shows throughout Australasia have been a big part of our marketing budget over the last two years and they have resulted in some huge returns. We have certainly driven business to a new level via this platform” commented fashion designer Annah Stretton.

The 2011 Canterbury A&P Show will be held Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 November at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch. Trade Exhibition space is currently available; a 10% earlybird discount is available to exhibitors who book and pay for their sites before Tuesday 20 September 2011.


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