Work set to begin on Pak 'n Save foundation

The prospect of owning Blenheim Pak 'n Save has a bittersweet feel after being part of Blenheim New World for 11 years, co-owner Andrea Boock says.

Her parents bought New World in 2000 and Ms Boock and her husband, Mark Elkington, worked in management before buying the store themselves two years ago.

They are looking forward to the challenge of opening a new, larger store, she said.

"We are young, fit and ready for a new challenge, and are really excited about being part of setting it up and training new staff."

While it was too early to give details about the produce they would stock, customers could expect high standards, she said.

"It's not a huge change; it's just a bigger store. We are still hiring local people and doing the same job. Our standards won't change."

Blenheim-based builders Robinson Construction are building the supermarket at the Westwood development in New Renwick Rd, and excavation work has begun.

Robinsons Construction owner Phil Robinson said the two-hectare site would house the 6000 square metre store, 300 car parks, a petrol station, and extensive landscaping and planting of trees covering 14,000sqm.

"We've started backfilling the site and pegging out the building. The foundations will be started in the next couple of weeks. "It's an exciting project ... It's a fabulous job to have landed for the winter."

The building should be completed by February or March.

The Marlborough Express