Shop­ping com­plex now re­vealed

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

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.

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