Op shop can move but needs cash

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU mata­mata.edi­tor@wrcn.co.nz

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.’’

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