New retailers in Tauriko
Phase one of Tauranga Crossing’s mall opened last week to cheers and customers looking for bargains.
This is the first phase of the $150million enclosed mall being built in the Tauriko shopping centre, which also has an openair retail hub and a big box lifestyle centre with Farmers across the road.
The first phase included 15 stores, among them services such as beauty therapists, homewares and electronics stores and a seven-dayASB Bank branch.
The opening was blessed by a kauma ¯tua and some retailers offered specials and activities for the kids to celebrate.
Tauranga Crossing chief executive Steve Lewis says about 30,000 squaremetres of the centre is now open.
The second phase of the enclosed mall is due to open in April next year.
It will include a double-level concourse of fashion, dining and entertainment offerings, as well as a three-level, covered carpark.
This will bring the total area of the shopping mall to about 45,000sqm with more than 100 shopping, dining and entertainment outlets.
Early planning was under way for future expansions that would take the centre to about 70,000sq m.
Steve said therewas no definite timeline for those developments but he expected they would start in the next few years.
■ New stores of phase one include Acquisitions, ASB, Boardertown, EB Games, Enjoy Massage, Everlast Nails, Health 2000, Just Cuts, Kiwibank, Minute Man, OPSM, Phone Life, Stevens, Whitcoulls and $2 Things.
ASB Bank in Tauranga Crossing mall celebrated the opening with a colouring competition, face-painting and giveaways. Mercy Mutale gets her face painted by Jackie Goody.