Bell Tea Building has a future!

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Bell Tea Company – New Zealand’s No. 1 Tea Company

IMG_6775 (2a)The factory of New Zealand’s oldest tea company, founded in 1898 by Norman Harper Bell in Dunedin.

Dunedin’s Bell Tea building, on the corner of Hope and Carroll Sts, has been sold. Bayleys commercial, industrial and retail agent Robin Hyndman said there had been “good interest” in the building, more than 20 site visits and four tender offers lodged. (ODT)

### ODT Online Thu, 4 Sep 2014
Developer buys Bell Tea building
By Simon Hartley
Dunedin’s distinctive 90-year-old Bell Tea building has been sold to Dunedin developer Peter Gullen, who says it was a spur-of-the-moment purchase. Mr Gullen, known for building flats and townhouses around the city, was reluctant to go into plans for the building, but said he first “wanted to get it earthquake proof and save the building”.
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ODT 3.7.14 Bell Tea building offered for sale
ODT 11.3.14 Bell Tea to close Dunedin factoryIMG_6789 (3)

Post and images by Elizabeth Kerr


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5 responses to “Bell Tea Building has a future!

  1. Elizabeth

    ### September 5, 2014 – 5:49pm
    Bell Tea building sold
    Dunedin’s distinctive Bell Tea building on the corner of Hope and Carroll streets has been sold.

  2. Excellent! Good luck to Mr Peter Gullen in his efforts at Dunedin, the city currently struggling under the inexorable “Law of diminishing returns.”

  3. Elizabeth

    Towards the end of today’s ODT editorial:

    “And another thing. It is heartening to see a Dunedin developer has bought the four-storey 90-year-old Bell Tea building on the corner of Hope and Carroll Sts and vowed to ”save” it. Peter Gullen has not revealed his plans for the building, but apartments, industrial or office space could all be options. His priority is earthquake-strengthening the building as that forced its closure earlier this year. It is certainly encouraging that another local developer is prepared to foot the bill to preserve a distinctive piece of the city’s heritage.”
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  4. Elizabeth

    Chances are we won’t hear much from this building owner at any time.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 3 Nov 2015
    Bell Tea building to be strengthened
    By Craig Borley
    There is no more tea but still some sympathy for one of Dunedin’s most recognisable industrial buildings. The 91-year-old Bell Tea building in Hope St is in line to get the earthquake-strengthening it needs to survive, documents lodged with the Dunedin City Council show.
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  5. Elizabeth

    Wed, 1 Jun 2016
    ODT: Same brew, new name [NZ owned business]
    Former Dunedin company Bell Tea has been rebranded as the BrewGroup. The Bell Tea and Coffee Co factory operated in Hope St from 1924 to 2014, after which production was moved to an Auckland factory.

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