Whitby re­vamp all go

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

The veil has fi­nally been lifted off the Whitby mall re­de­vel­op­ment.

Its own­ers prom­ise a mod­ern, at­trac­tive com­plex – and craft beer.

Work has be­gun on a new build­ing, a pur­pose-built bar and restau­rant. Blair Dou­ble, a mem­ber of mall own­er­ship com­pany DFT Hold­ings, says it will have prime po­si­tion, fac­ing the bot­tom lake.

The site has been leased to the owner-op­er­a­tor of The Trad­ing Post in Khan­dal­lah, Mon­teith’s bar in Para­pa­raumu and Gas Works bar and restau­rant in Mi­ra­mar.

Mr Dou­ble ex­pects its craft beer fo­cus to add ap­peal.

The main mall build­ing will re­ceive a ma­jor up­grade and re­fit as an­chor ten­ant New World pre­pares to re­lo­cate to a site near Ad­ven­ture Park.

Pro­fes­sion­als and the hair­dressers, Cut n Curl, will re­lo­cate to new sites at the south end of the mall, while Whitby Seafoods will re­main in the same spot. Plim­mer­ton Taj will open new premises, while the phar­macy and Whitby Doc­tors will have larger spa­ces.

New sig­nage, pub­lic toi­lets and a big­ger car park will also fea­ture.

Mr Dou­ble says it is fan­tas­tic to see con­struc­tion un­der­way, with the project to be com­pleted in Septem­ber.

‘‘ This is some­thing that has been planned for about three years, the shop­ping cen­tre has been around since 1978 so it has been in need of a do-up.

‘‘We had a false start with the New World, which was orig­i­nally go­ing to be en­larged, but they pulled the pin on that. When [the ex­pan­sion] is com­pleted it’s go­ing to be some­thing that’s mod­ern and will at­tract plenty of peo­ple to visit.’’

He says it is ‘‘ too early’’ to an­nounce other ten­ants and would not re­veal the cost of the re­de­vel­op­ment.

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