Porirua's new $20 million Mitre 10 Mega store is set to open on Thursday.
The store, at the old Porirua Placemakers site, was developed by Petone and Upper Hutt Mitre 10 owner Martyn Lockyer. The project began last year when Lockyer purchased a hectare block off the Argosy for $16.2 million.
Part of the property occupied by Vehicle Testing New Zealand and local car franchises has since been sold, while the adjoining property leased to Spotlight and Uncle Bill's discount store has been retained after failing to sell earlier this year.
Lockyer said the property had "washed its face" and he was pleased with the new store, which was built in just six months.
The Semple St store has 4500sqm of retail space, a garden centre, cafe, a children's play area and 160 car parks.
The 37th store in the Mitre 10 Mega chain will employ around 70 staff, with 20 transferring from the Paremata Mitre 10 Bright Building Supplies store which closed last month.
Mitre 10 chief executive Stephen Nelson said the store would bring a new element to Porirua's retail hub.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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