Re­tail ex­pan­sions pos­i­tive for Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

The ex­pan­sion of sev­eral big re­tail play­ers is good news for the Porirua econ­omy.

Hard­ware sup­plier PlaceMak­ers moved to Todd Park late last year af­ter 20 years in Sem­ple Street.

The busi­ness has been able to ex­pand to 8250 sqm, mean­ing all goods can be stored on-site and the ad­di­tion of a drive-through area.

Todd Park in Els­don was a Mit­subishi plant un­til 1999, and is now owned by Auck­land com­pany Rock­port Hold­ings. The move is a com­mit­ment to Porirua, says Boyd Kenna, PlaceMak­ers Porirua’s joint ven­ture op­er­a­tor.

‘‘ We’re com­mit­ted to the lo­cal trade. The new site also pro­vides us with a plat­form for fu­ture growth as build­ing in­dus­try mo­men­tum con­tin­ues to strengthen.’’

Choco­late mak­ers Whit­tak­ers and shoe shop Han­nahs are also on the move. Han­nahs is mov­ing its stor­age ware­house from Mo­huia Cres in Els­don to Todd Park, where it has taken a 10-year lease.

The move is fur­ther good news for the city, says Chris Gollins, the Tommy’s Com­mer­cial real es­tate agent who ne­go­ti­ated the move.

Whit­tak­ers, mean­while, has bought Han­nahs’ former ware­house at 20 Mo­huia Cres, next door to its own plant. The build­ing will dou­ble Whit­tak­ers’ floor space and will be used to store raw ma­te­ri­als as the com­pany gears up for an ex­port push into the United States, Asia and the Mid­dle East.

The com­pany also plans to ex­tend its of­fice block for in­creased staffing.

Whit­tak­ers has been based in Porirua since 1969.

Still more moves and ex­pan­sions are afoot, Mr Gollins says.

A ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pany is about to con­firm ten­ancy at Todd Park, and there may be changes at the Me­ga­Cen­tre.

The owner of Mitre 10 Mega shops in Pe­tone and Up­per Hutt owns the former PlaceMak­ers’ site in Sem­ple St as well as build­ings hous­ing Spot­light, Un­cle Bills, Beau­re­paires, Holden and the former IRD build­ing.

How­ever, no plans to use the land for a Mitre 10 Mega have been an­nounced, Mr Gollins says.

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