Whitby supermarket plans progressing

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:45 26/02/2013

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The new Whitby supermarket will provide an extra 20 jobs in the suburb but plans for a new skatepark have to go back to the drawing board, it was revealed last week.

As part of the Whitby Resident Association's annual meeting, representatives from Foodstuffs, who own the New World chain, were invited to outline progress development. They said the store would be much like the newly-opened New World in Newlands, with a floor area of nearly 2700-square metres.

Owner/operator Mark Roach said their primary concern was to get the supermarket built, with other developments such as retail, a cafe or petrol pumps to be considered at a later stage. Building work should begin at the end of this year for an opening late in 2014, he said.

Foodstuffs' senior retail development manager Joanna Sharpe said plans for a skatepark were having to be adjusted.

"There is a site [further north in Discovery Dr] that has been approved and we have a skatepark design company doing the work. The initial design was too large so that is being corrected and it will go to the [Porirua City] council for approval."

Ms Sharpe confirmed there would be lights at the skatepark. In response to a resident's question, she said broken yellow lines were likely near the entrance to the skatepark to stop cars parking near the bend. At the supermarket, 322 car parks would be provided, which could be shared by users of Adventure Park, with 86 of those underground.

Staff would increase from 80 to 100 and there would be four full checkouts, four express lanes and two self- service units. There will also be home deliveries and the ability to buy online and have your order stored for pickup.

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