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The $20 million development of a new Mitre 10 Mega store in Porirua is set to be completed before Christmas.
Work began last month on the site of what was the Porirua Placemakers store.
The franchise will be operated by Martyn Lockyer, who also has the Petone and Upper Hutt hardware stores.
The building contract has been let to Lower Hutt-based Armstrong Downes.
When opened the new store is expected to employ 70 staff.
Local Mitre 10 franchise chief executive Stephen Nelson said the 20 staff working at the Brights Mitre 10 store in Paremata would be offered jobs at the new store as the old store would close.
Work has also started on the development of another Mitre 10 Mega in Taupo.
Franchisee Craig Ladbrook, who operates the present store in the centre of Taupo, said he hoped the new 6500 square metre store on Taupo's East Arterial highway would be ready to open by the end of November. It would be about eight times the size of the present store and would employ about 40 fulltime staff.
Developer Warren Ladbrook said the $8m development was on a two hectare site beside a newly-opened Z service station on Taupo SH1 bypass.
Another adjoining 3.5ha lot is earmarked for a new Foodstuffs supermarket, but this has been held up.
A resource consent application was opposed by Taupo District Council and rejected by local planning commissioners.
Ladbrook said it was now subject to "so-called mediation" and they were waiting for a date to be set for an appeal to the Environment Court.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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