‘No idea’ what’s com­ing next to eatery

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - DANIELLE CLENT

She’s get­ting a new neigh­bour, but she doesn’t know who. And she’s not im­pressed.

An Auck­land busi­ness owner said she had no idea what will be de­vel­oped - right next to her restau­rant.

Kim Work­man has been in the process of tak­ing own­er­ship of Waga­mama at the North­West Shop­ping Cen­tre in Auck­land since March. The restau­rant had a large glass win­dow which looked out to a con­struc­tion site. Dig­gers and work­men could be seen on the site.

Work­man said she un­der­stood the New Zealand Re­tail Prop­erty Group (NZRPG) owned the land at the end of Ko­huhu Lane, and had con­tacted them ‘‘nu­mer­ous times’’ with no re­sponse.

‘‘I lit­er­ally have no idea what my win­dows are go­ing to look out into,’’ Work­man said.

Work­man’s restau­rant is part of the North­West Shop­ping Cen­tre, owned by listed prop­erty com­pany Stride Prop­erty Group. The West­gate Town Cen­tre was a project un­der­taken by Auck­land Coun­cil and NZRPG.

Stride pur­chased one zone of the planned town cen­tre for $25 mil­lion in 2013, and opened its first stage of the shop­ping cen­tre in 2015.

But NZRPG still owned the ma­jor­ity of the de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing the site abut­ting the shop­ping cen­tre’s din­ing area and Waga­mama. And Work­man is caught be­tween the two prop­erty giants.

NZRPG’s gen­eral man­ager rev­enue Paul Tan­day said Work­man should talk to Stride.

Waga­mama was not its ten­ant, and NZRPG had no re­la­tion­ship with the restau­rant, he said. He said NZRPG owned the land in ques­tion and it was be­ing held for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

NZRPG was fo­cus­ing de­vel­op­ment on the West­gate Town Cen­tre in the area sur­round­ing Mitre 10, which is not near Waga­mama, Tan­day said.

Con­struc­tion was also un­der­way on a new coun­cil­funded com­mu­nity cen­tre and li­brary.

Work­man said the noise from the de­vel­op­ments made it hard for peo­ple who came in for busi­ness meet­ings to con­cen­trate.

‘‘It’s re­ver­ber­at­ing through the whole build­ing,’’ the 35-year-old said.

The con­struc­tion was one of a num­ber of is­sues she had dealt with since sign­ing on. Other is­sues in­cluded a lack of park­ing, a lack of peo­ple and con­fus­ing ad­dresses.

North­West’s se­nior mar­ket­ing man­ager, Linh Luong, said Ko­huhu Lane had been im­pacted by the con­struc­tion but there were plenty more car parks for cus­tomers around the area.

DANIELLE CLENT/FAIR­FAX NZ

Kim Work­man has been in the process of tak­ing over own­er­ship of Waga­mama North­west since March.

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