Supermarket rivals clash over plans for new store in Richmond
Foodstuffs has opposed the first stage of plans by its rival, Progressive Enterprises, to build a Countdown supermarket on the corner of Salisbury and Champion roads in Richmond, near Nelson.
Citing traffic concerns, Foodstuffs South Island Ltd has called for the private plan change request by Progressive Enterprises Ltd to be rejected.
The plan change request seeks the rezoning of about 1.3 hectares of land on the site from residential to commercial, paving the way for the proposed supermarket along with a small retail/commercial development, a community facility, associated car parking, access and landscaping.
Foodstuffs, a retailer-owned co-operative company and the wholesale supplier to New World, Pak 'n Save and Four Square supermarkets along with Raeward Fresh and On the Spot convenience stores, received the go-ahead in March to build a New World supermarket at the other end of Richmond, near Three Brothers Corner.
In its submission about Progressive's plan change request, Foodstuffs says it owns a Raeward Fresh property and adjacent retail outlet "in proximity to the site". They are diagonally opposite the Progressive property.
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Foodstuffs also says it has an interest in the vacant site opposite the Raeward Fresh property and across Salisbury Rd from the Progressive site, for which a resource consent application has been lodged for a Caltex service station.
"... an On the Spot convenience store is proposed to be located as part of a garage," Foodstuffs says in its submission.
However, it is the potential of the plan change to result in increased traffic that is of "primary concern".
In a transportation assessment report by traffic engineering and transport planning consultant TDG, commissioned by Progressive, the fully developed site is anticipated to generate about 400 vehicle movements in the afternoon peak hour.
However, a report for Foodstuffs by Abley Transportation Consultants says the trip generation rate used is "likely to be significantly underestimated". If the same rates used for the recently consented Richmond New World supermarket were applied, that would equate to about 572 vehicle movements an hour, it says.
The Foodstuffs submission is one of 27 about the private plan change request, of which 25 mention traffic. The hearing could be as early as mid-July.