The Re:START container mall was formed following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake to bring business and people back into the city centre.
This outdoor mall consisting of temporary buildings made from colourful shipping containers is located on the Cashell Street part of what was City Mall.
City Mall was an outdoor pedestrian mall, which opened following the closure of parts of Cashell and High Street to vehicle traffic in 1982. City Mall was badly damaged during the Christchurch earthquakes.
The Re:START mall opened in October 2011 with 27 businesses and now has over 50 businesses today. It is open Monday to Friday 10 am to 5:30 pm. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10 am – 5 pm.
At the end of the mall, on the corner of Cashell and Columbo streets, anchoring the complex is Ballantynes. Established is 1854, Ballantynes is New Zealand’s first department store and was one of the first major retailers to reopen in the city centre following the earthquake.