Warehouse plans to move

DUBBY HENRY
Last updated 09:57 23/01/2013
Papakura

BIG SHIFT: The Warehouse is moving to Takanini as part of a new village-style development. It will be bordered by Southgate and Addison.

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The Warehouse is set to leave Papakura's town centre by the end of this year.

The store in O'Shannessey St will close when a new shop opens in Takanini with the changeover forecast for before Christmas, company spokeswoman Gretchen Lowe says.

All employees will transfer to the Takanini store.

The new premises will be part of a 5.4-hectare village-style development at 30 Walters Rd, owned by James and Robert Wallace's company Tonea Investments.

Most of the building consents have been issued for the first 2.9ha stage of the development which incorporates the Warehouse as anchor tenant along with a number of smaller convenience and retail stores.

Takanini is seeing huge residential growth and the developers say that needs to be matched in the retail sector.

The site is zoned mixed use to provide a buffer between the Addison housing development and Southgate.

Robert Wallace says they are trying to avoid replicating the box stores of Southgate which lies directly across the railway line and are instead aiming for "something a little bit more intimate".

An upmarket centre would service the steady influx of Addison residents, with a heavy emphasis on food and drink including, potentially, a bar similar to Garrisons in Sylvia Park.

James Wallace says they want to provide "a place that people can come to every day, they're going to have a coffee, they're going to go the bank, they're going to pick up the few bits and pieces that they need, they'll meet their friends so it is that all-round family-friendly vibrant town centre".

But he says they are not intentionally trying to draw business from Papakura's town centre to Takanini.

A 2008 McDermott Miller report commissioned by the company showed the influx of new housing in Takanini more than justified the additional retail space the development would provide, he says.

The Wallaces plan for the 2.5ha second stage of the project to incorporate convenience businesses like childcare, gyms and a GP clinic as well as plenty of open green space.

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