The former Winz building on Heretaunga St in Hastings will be given a "lift" when a brand new business moves in this week.
Jans Emporium, a second-hand clothing store, has taken on a two-year lease in the building which has been vacant since Work and Income New Zealand moved out some months ago.
Hastings City Business Association general manager Susan McDade said it was "fantastic" to see some of the empty shops filling up in Hastings CBD.
As well as the latest addition, there is a JK Kids pop-up shop in the old Caroline Eve building, a new temporary hairdressing salon on Russell St and a shiny new Sushi Club.
"It's about quality, that's what we are aiming for. There's a couple of vacancies on Heretaunga St East, but compared to the rest of the country it's not too bad."
Jans Emporium is the second of its kind in New Zealand and offers reasonable prices to rival clothing chains such as Seekers and Savemart. The owner has won business awards and brings a wealth of knowledge to the expanding area of town.
"It's a good fit with what's already there, it was not our intention to make it into a block of second-hand shops, but that funky, eclectic mix fits well together," Ms McDade said. "Really, we are looking at more hospitality for that area."
Although the shop is not officially open yet, the space was being set up over the weekend and people were able to view limited stock as early as last Thursday.
In general Hastings was starting to hold greater appeal for shop owners, and had been producing positive spending results, Ms McDade said.
"The tide has started to turn for us, it's a lot more fashionable and it's surprising we have a bigger spend than Napier. A lot of people who have a branch in both places have said they get more business in Hastings and some of the national chains are really good at keeping records which show the same thing.
"It's really very encouraging going into the spring, we are in a really good place."