Owner gives shop a sporting chance

Last updated 11:19 27/02/2014
Robin Mitchell
Emma Allen

Top sport: Owner of Mitchell Sports Robin Mitchell says he is happy with his business in his new Scott St site for now

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He might rebuild, he might not, but for now Robin Mitchell is happy with the new site for his sports goods shop.

Mr Mitchell moved into a building on Scott St after he decided to take the opportunity to demolish his store on Wynen St while the neighbouring Podium Hotel was being knocked down. The Marlborough District Council had identified his old store as an earthquake risk.

He said he was making the most of the foot traffic on the Scott St site and hoped to stay there for the next couple of years, he said.

"We are happy here. This is a really good site, we just have to make it work."

"[But] we are definitely here for the short term."

He was opening on Sundays to cover the extra expense of paying rent and to compete with the opposition, he said.

Working seven days a week was strenuous, but was worth it, Mr Mitchell said.

"It is our first year with Rebel Sport in town.

"We knew we were going to lose some and we have lost a big chunk of our business."

Mr Mitchell said he would think about rebuilding on his Wynen St site but in the meantime would look at "several other options".

He would not say what those other options were yet.

Mr Mitchell said the demolition of the Wynen St building hit a setback when it was revealed that a shared wall and foundation between his and a neighbouring shop was more extensive than first known. This created significant extra costs, he said.

He knew about the wall and foundation but did not have enough time to investigate it properly, he said.

"In hindsight I don't think I would have done anything differently because the outcome would have been the same."

The common wall dated back to 1908, which was normal in those days, he said.

He said he would make a decision on the Wynen site once he had the "time and energy".

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- The Marlborough Express


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