Christchurch hospitality provider, The Oxford Group, has purchased a major piece of real estate to redevelop the hospitality scene in the suburb of Halswell.

The purchase includes the freehold and business of Super Liquor Halswell, Craythorne’s Public House and Craythorne’s Hotel.

The Oxford Group is best known for owning and operating venues across the city, including Fat Eddies, Original Sin, Kong, The Bog and The Bealey Quarter.

“We have recognised the massive growth in this part of Christchurch as the largest and fastest-growing suburb, bringing together a diverse demographic within a short distance of the site,” says Oxford Group General Manager, Janelle Pritchard.

“Our plan is to operate each business as usual while we get to know the community and do local research.

“It’s important for us to get the redevelopment right and give the community what they want,” says Pritchard.

“We’d like to provide an extension of their living room that will eventually become a new institution – a title you can only earn.

“It’s likely there’ll be some changes from early next year.”

The Oxford Group is the largest hospitality property investment company in the South Island and currently employs 180 staff across what is now six venues.

“Diversifying our portfolio and geographic locations strengthens our group and reduces our risk especially with overexposure in the inner city and in challenging times,” says Pritchard.

“While many hospitality providers have a firecracker first 12 months, the real test is how they’re going three years down the track.

“We’re proud that our venues have all stood the test of time, and we are set to continue this success in the city for many years to come.”

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