New plans for former Countdown Redwoodtown building

A concept drawing from Hawkins Architecture showing renovations to the former Countdown Redwoodtown building.
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A concept drawing from Hawkins Architecture showing renovations to the former Countdown Redwoodtown building.

A Blenheim suburb is slowly turning into a destination, with a new Countdown, a new petrol station in the works, and now a retail hub.

The building where Countdown Redwoodtown used to be, on the corner of Weld St and Cleghorn St, has been empty since the supermarket moved to bigger premises across the car park in April last year.

Both buildings are owned by Redwoodtown Development Ltd, which plans to transform the old Countdown site into a retail hub, dubbed The Redwoodtown Centre.

Windows and an awning will go along the side of the building facing the car park.
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Windows and an awning will go along the side of the building facing the car park.

Robinson Construction managing director Phil Robinson, who was also a director of the development group, said the project would be good for Redwoodtown.

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"It's been a bit of an eye sore since it's been empty, and we appreciate that, but it's taken a little bit of time to get consents and things mobilised before we could start," he said.

'The Redwoodtown Centre' will have up to six spaces for new tenants.
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'The Redwoodtown Centre' will have up to six spaces for new tenants.

"The big Countdown has made a difference, and this will help complete the offering: to make Redwoodtown into a bit more of a destination."

Workers were on site last week preparing for the renovation, which Robinson said would take about four months to complete. Design work was done by Hawkins Architecture.

Robinson described the work as a facelift. The building would be re-painted, windows installed on the side facing the carpark, and new walls erected to separate the tenancies.

Work is about to begin transforming the former Countdown Redwoodtown into a retail hub.
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Work is about to begin transforming the former Countdown Redwoodtown into a retail hub.

There had already been some interest in the development, which could have up to six spaces, however Robinson was unable to disclose which companies they were in talks with.

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"It's been good, we haven't actually been marketing it much but we're about to start. We thought we'd get it underway first so people knew what they were getting," he said.

Redwoodtown also has another development in the works on the corner of Redwood St and Alabama Rd, the site of the former Marlborough Milk Company treatment station.

Nelson Petroleum Distributors, or NPD, planned to open a service station on the site.

General manager Barry Sheridan said in January he hoped it would be open by July.

Blenheim-based business The Metal Company planned to move into new premises on the lot adjacent to the service station on Alabama Rd.

UltraQuip Hire, which leased heavy machinery and construction equipment, had secured the lot beside the petrol station on Redwood St.

 - The Marlborough Express

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