Rebel races to the finish

KAT PICKFORD
Last updated 12:19 12/12/2012
Rebel Sport
Emma Allen

Big finish: Blenheim Briscoes and Rebel Sport store manager Andrew White hopes the new building will be complete and the shelves fully stocked in time to open tomorrow

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Building contractors and Rebel Sport staff are working overtime to have the new Blenheim store ready for opening tomorrow.

Work on the Main St site was not complete last night, with the surface in front of the store still to be laid and the signature black exterior paint job unfinished.

However, store manager Andrew White said the store fitout team had worked seven days straight, stocking the shelves in the hope of opening tomorrow or Saturday at the latest.

"We've been really busy getting everything ready, it's very exciting," he said.

"The contractor just has a few bits and pieces to finish off."

Saturday was to be the official opening, he said.

Mr White, who has worked for Briscoes for 15 years, will oversee both Rebel Sport and the existing Briscoes store next door.

He has employed 14 Blenheim staff for the store after receiving 320 applications.

T H Barnes has been working on the two-storey building.

Chief executive John Smithies said yesterday they were working flat out to get the building ready by tomorrow and were confident of meeting the deadline.

"The shell is ready for Rebel's fitout while we carry on with the finishing touches on the less critical parts of the building," Mr Smithies said.

The ground floor houses Rebel Sport and a storage area, which will connect to the existing Briscoes loading bay.

The first floor will be for staff and meeting rooms, toilets and offices and mortgage broker Lifetime Mortgage Solutions. The Lifetime Mortgage building at 3 Main St will be demolished next month to make way for car parks.

Rebel Sport and Briscoes are owned by the New Zealand retail chain Briscoe Group Ltd, which also owns Living & Giving.

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- The Marlborough Express

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