New World plans un­cer­tain

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By MATT SHAND

A long-awaited $14 mil­lion New World su­per­mar­ket in Whitby may not be go­ing ahead, KapiMana News has learned.

Plans to build a New World in Ad­ven­ture Park, op­po­site the present New World in Whitby Mall, have been put on hold along with all Food­stuffs’ North Is­land projects.

Count­down has bought a large sec­tion of land in Aotea and it is not yet clear whether that in­flu­enced Food­stuffs’ de­ci­sion.

Asked about the pro­posed Whitby New World, Food­stuffs group com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­ager Kather­ine Klouwens said: ‘‘Food­stuffs owns a site across the road from the ex­ist­ing store, but we have no an­nounce­ments re­gard­ing this site at the cur­rent time.’’

It is a far cry from ear­lier news that the new New World would be three times the size of the ex­ist­ing Whitby store.

The Count­down land is the Aotea Camp­ing Grounds in Whit­ford Brown Ave.

It is un­clear whether an­other Count­down store is to be built so close to the com­pany’s Porirua and Tawa stores.

A spokes­woman for the Count­down chain said: ‘‘We can con­firm that we have pur­chased a site in Aotea.

‘‘ It’s very early days. We’re happy to up­date you fur­ther as we move for­ward.’’

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