Plans have been revealed for a major supermarket and service station
to be built as part of a new shopping complex in an emerging business
The new supermarket could bring another 100 jobs to Tauranga.
Enterprises has unveiled its plans for a new store, Countdown Tauranga
Crossing, on Taurikura Drive as part of the commercial development in
"We've been working with local developer Stilwell to
include a Countdown supermarket as part of their new town centre plans
in Tauriko," a Countdown spokeswoman said.
The company had
applied for a liquor licence and was in the process of having it
approved as part of a larger package of resource consent, she said.
developer and director of Calland Properties Richard Stilwell did not
respond to calls from the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend.
Tauranga City Council acting manager of environmental planning
Natalie Rutland said resource consent for a shopping centre including a
supermarket on the site had been approved by the council in February
Tauranga Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dave Burnett
said the shopping complex, which he believed would also include a new
service station, was great news.
"I think it's fantastic for the
region. Once again it's just growth coming into Tauranga. We're seeing
that particularly in Tauriko," he said.
"That's fantastic for
Tauranga. That just means more jobs, more growth. All in all, it's going
to mean great things down that way in Tauriko and the residents of The
Lakes and also surrounding areas, Bethlehem and Pyes Pa."
Lakes residents Josh and Maria Norton said it was about time a
supermarket was built to cater for the suburb's growing population.
The couple and their 11-month-old daughter Susanna moved from Gate Pa in December.
still go to Fraser Cove or Pak'n Save. It's definitely doubled our
petrol bill since we moved from Gate Pa," Mrs Norton said.
"It's definitely about time. There's nothing here. Not even a dairy."
Mr Norton works from home, so could not even go to the supermarket on the way home.
"Because I work from home there's hardly ever a reason to leave home. I think we're hanging out for it."
Another Countdown under construction in Bureta is due to open in October and would employ about 120 people.
were also under way with a supermarket chain interested in building a
new store in the $11 million Pyes Pa development, which would also
include a medical clinic, pharmacy and several restaurants and eateries.
"That just supplies the growth coming in to Tauranga obviously with new businesses relocating here," Mr Burnett said.
"It just goes hand in hand with economic development."
commercial agent Rob Pinny, who is marketing the Pyes Pa development,
said they were close to closing the deal with the supermarket chain and
already had a number of other businesses signed up.
The Liz van
Welie Aquatic Centre will anchor the project and feature a purpose-built
learner pool for parents and babies from 12 weeks old and a 25-metre
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