Shopping complex now revealed
Foodstuffs Wellington has revealed design plans for its New World supermarket in Tawa, which will anchor an upgraded shopping mall.
The $12 million complex will see the redevelopment of Tawa mall and the site of the Woolworths supermarket, in the block between Main Rd and Oxford St, which Foodstuffs has owned for several years.
As Kapi-Mana News reported in May, Progressive Enterprises’ Woolworths will close in November before a larger Countdown supermarket is built at the southern end of the suburb, at ‘‘Takapu Island’’. Foodstuffs did not wish to comment on its new venture at that time, but is now on the information offensive.
A newsletter was to be delivered to all residents in Tawa, Grenada North and Takapu Valley last week and two design images of the new complex have been released.
Foodstuffs Wellington property manager Ian Hutchison says they will fully upgrade the entire supermarket and adjacent mall complex, inside and out, increasing the supermarket area by onethird to 3200 square metres.
Work will start as soon as Woolworths has closed, with the supermarket to open in mid-2012.
‘‘The existing mall will be remodelled into several attractive tenancies, the final number depending on demand.
‘‘Together with New World Tawa, the mall will be a great place to shop.
‘‘The whole area will be more convenient and inviting for shoppers with an attractive new entrance and realigned pedestrian crossing.
The present pedestrian walk-through will become part of the design of the building so people passing through will have a well-lit and safe rightof-way from one side to the other and easy access to the supermarket.’’
Mr Hutchison said the car park would be made easier for motorists to use with an additional vehicle crossing on Oxford St for ‘‘exit only’’.
The Tawa community will be without a supermarket for eight months while both the New World and Countdown sites are constructed. Foodstuffs has confirmed it will open a temporary ‘‘mini food store’’ during this time. Mr Hutchison says it will open prior to the current supermarket closure and will carry a modest range of essential food needs.
Tawa Community Board chairman Malcolm Sparrow says there had been concern amongst residents, particularly the elderly, at being without a local supermarket, and the temporary grocery store would be welcomed.
Mr Hutchison also confirmed New World will provide a free bus service for shoppers to the New Worlds in Porirua and Churton Park (once it is open) until the Tawa supermarket opens.
A freepost form is included in the newsletter so shoppers can let Foodstuffs know how often they would use the bus, which days and which times of the day are the best for them to shop for their groceries.
‘‘We hope to receive plenty of responses by the end of July so we can work out a timetable that’s as convenient for Tawa shoppers as possible,’’ Mr Hutchison said.
There had been discussions between Foodstuffs and the Tawa Community Board about a small grocery market being run at the mall until the New World is open.
New World order: One of the designs for the frontage of Tawa New World, part of a major redevelopment of Tawa Mall and the current Woolworths supermarket.