Op shop can move but needs cash
Community Chest committee chairwoman Carol Anelay doesn’t have a problem with relocating their op shop from its Arawa St premises to accommodate a major development.
What Anelay does have a problem with is having to find somewhere to relocate to without having the appropriate amount of funds needed.
Although it hasn’t been confirmed and no resource consents have yet been granted by the Matamata-Piako District Council, rumours are rife that a new and more spacious Countdown supermarket will be built in Matamata on the current Arawa St site.
Matamata Property Investments Ltd director Peter Fanning has led negotiations and purchased buildings in the area including the group of shops where the Community Chest is located on the corner of Arawa St and Rawhiti Ave.
Fanning confirmed that once the purchase of the premises was completed at 100 Arawa St, a surrender of the current lease would be accepted.
A cash offer of $40,000 has been made to the Community Chest to cover the costs of relocating to new premises.
Anelay has called in favours from people in town she knows including builders and real estate agents but says, the $40,000 offer on the table is less than half of what is required to relocate.
She feels she has exhausted all resources and has done so in her own time.
Anelay said she, along with other members of the committee, are excited about having a new Countdown in town.
‘‘I don’t want people to think that it’s the op shop that’s holding up this development,’’ Anelay said.
‘‘We are more than happy to relocate to other premises, we just can’t do that with the amount that has been offered to us.’’