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On the highway: Waimate gets makeover in bid to entice much more visitors

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Rick Stevens is fronting several projects for businessman Gary Rooney in Waimate.

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Rick Stevens is fronting quite a few initiatives for businessman Gary Rooney in Waimate.

A South Canterbury businessman is pretty much one-handedly boosting Waimate’s picture as a area to visit.

Gary Rooney, owner and founder of the Rooney Group, is guiding numerous initiatives that are supplying the South Canterbury town’s most important street a facelift.

Rick Stevens is taking care of the developments, which consists of the redeveloped Waimate Lodge, the new Waimate Bakery, and the new Cups and Cones Gelato store – with all 3 opening for business enterprise in the past 12 months.

Examine A lot more:
* New Waimate bakery opens in previous bank
* Rooney converts previous Waimate ANZ setting up into bakery
* Former Waimate Lodge reopens soon after 18 months
* New developments push Waimate business land values up above 50 for each cent

South Canterbury businessman Gary Rooney. (File photo)

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South Canterbury businessman Gary Rooney. (File photo)

Stevens mentioned more projects ended up on the books, but he would not give absent any specifics but.

“Gary remembers the affluent Waimate of his youth, and wishes to return it to the way it was,” Stevens stated.

Rooney prepared to breathe life back into the properties, as they experienced fallen into a point out of dilapidation.

Waimate's former post office is to undergo a makeover in 2021. It is now home to Cups and Cones Gelato and Rewind Apparel Boutique. (File photo)

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Waimate’s former article office is to go through a makeover in 2021. It is now property to Cups and Cones Gelato and Rewind Attire Boutique. (File image)

Stevens, initially from the United States, moved to Waimate just above a yr ago to handle the developments.

He oversees about 35 persons functioning in the lodge, bakery and gelato functions.

As supervisor of Waimate Constrained, Stevens mentioned his goal was to rejuvenate the city of about 3000.

The former Waimate Hotel is one of several redevelopments on the town's main street that businessman Gary Rooney is behind. (File photo)

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The previous Waimate Resort is just one of a number of redevelopments on the town’s key road that businessman Gary Rooney is driving. (File photograph)

“We are aiming to rejuvenate Waimate as a complete in an effort to carry extra persons to Waimate.

“We are heading about it 1 developing at a time.”

Rooney, who is no stranger to New Zealand’s Prosperous Listing, introduced many assignments in the city in 2018, together with the redevelopment of the lodge, demolition of its two neighbouring structures, and proposals to demolish the Savoy Building, the Country Kitchen Building, and the Walker McGeorge Building.

The former ANZ building at the intersection of High and Queen streets in Waimate reopened as the Waimate Bakery in October. (File photo)

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The former ANZ constructing at the intersection of Substantial and Queen streets in Waimate reopened as the Waimate Bakery in Oct. (File photo)

He was then driving the construction of a health-related centre development well worth shut to $2 million on the town’s most important road, Queen St.

In December 2018, Rooney purchased the historic and dilapidated Quinn’s Arcade, incorporating to his increasing portfolio in the town’s central enterprise district.

Cups and Cones Gelato, a pop-up shop in the previous write-up workplace, was the most recent growth, opening late 2020.

Stevens says there will be more developments. (File photo)

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Stevens says there will be additional developments. (File photograph)

“It started with the Waimate Hotel, then the bakery which we just opened in Oct, and now the old post workplace,” Stevens stated.

“Cups and Cones Gelato will be a pop-up store in summer season, and we will then be renovating the aged put up office making at the finish of summertime.”

The old submit office would be repainted and equipped out for a new undertaking.

Stevens claimed there was a prepare for the place, but he would not reveal what the prepare was nevertheless.

Cups and Cones Gelato is the latest development being overseen by Waimate Limited manager Rick Stevens on behalf of businessman Gary Rooney.

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Cups and Cones Gelato is the hottest advancement remaining overseen by Waimate Minimal supervisor Rick Stevens on behalf of businessman Gary Rooney.

“We have a couple much more structures we are doing the job on.”

Stevens mentioned there experienced “been a change in energy” in Waimate above the final year.

“We want to offer you a little something that is good high quality, a good company and a good product or service.”

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