Arcado opened in September 2012 in what used to be a discount shop following a long and protracted planning battle. Located on the corner of what was a tired arcade in the middle of Christchurch’s bustling High Street, Arcado is a big old unit with a striking shop front and a custard yellow sign. Inside there’s seating a plenty for up to 130 ‘Loungers’ and there’s even a soupcon of outside seating to the front. Arcado’s ceiling is a concrete-meets-glossy-chocolate masterpiece.
When we were ripping out the previous shop fitting we discovered a stash of furniture magazines in the ceiling void dating back from when it was a furniture shop in the 1960’s. Always one to see an opportunity we had a bunch of adverts from the magazines framed and they now adorn Arcado’s walls.