The veil has finally been lifted off the Whitby mall redevelopment.
Its owners promise a modern, attractive complex - and craft beer.
Work has begun on a new building, a purpose-built bar and restaurant. Blair Double, a member of mall ownership company DFT Holdings, says it will have prime position, facing the bottom lake.
The site has been leased to the owner-operator of The Trading Post in Khandallah, Monteith's bar in Paraparaumu and Gas Works bar and restaurant in Miramar.
Mr Double expects its craft beer focus to add appeal.
The main mall building will receive a major upgrade and refit as anchor tenant New World prepares to relocate to a site near Adventure Park.
Professionals and the hairdressers, Cut n Curl, will relocate to new sites at the south end of the mall, while Whitby Seafoods will remain in the same spot. Plimmerton Taj will open new premises, while the pharmacy and Whitby Doctors will have larger spaces.
New signage, public toilets and a bigger car park will also feature.
Mr Double says it is fantastic to see construction underway, with the project to be completed in September.
"This is something that has been planned for about three years, the shopping centre has been around since 1978 so it has been in need of a do-up.
"We had a false start with the New World, which was originally going to be enlarged, but they pulled the pin on that. When [the expansion] is completed it's going to be something that's modern and will attract plenty of people to visit."
He says it is "too early" to announce other tenants and would not reveal the cost of the redevelopment.
- Kapi-Mana News