Green light for supermarket - at last

Last updated 14:42 25/02/2009

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After 18 years of trying, supermarket operator Foodstuffs finally hopes to open a Wairau Road Pak’n Save on Auckland’s North Shore in May - a move it says will create 250 jobs.

Foodstuffs said today the High Court had thrown out an appeal by rival supermarket operator Progressive Enterprises, allowing it to go ahead with the Pak'n Save supermarket.

Progressive had appealed an Environment Court decision that gave the go ahead for the supermarket.

“We want to open this store as soon as possible and are now working very hard towards a May opening date,” said Tony Carter, managing director of Foodstuffs Auckland.

Foodstuffs has been striving to open the North Shore supermarket for 18 years and received resource consent to do so in October 2004. The actual building that will house the supermarket was completed in 2005.

However, Foodstuffs’ ongoing battle with Progressive has been cited by critics of the Resource Management Act as an example of all that is wrong with the Act. The RMA is set for a major overall under the new National-led government.

Carter said Foodstuffs had received “outstanding” ongoing support from North Shore residents.

“They have been very patient and we look forward to giving them the second Pakn’Save they’ve so clearly demonstrated that they want, as well as providing 250 jobs for the local community.”

Owned by Australian group Woolworths, Progressive operates the Foodtown, Woolworths and Countdown supermarkets. As well as Pak'n Save, Foodstuffs runs the New World and Four Square chains.

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