Building's history revealed bit by bit

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 15/07/2013

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Demolition of part of the former H&J Smith appliance centre and executive offices in the flagship Invercargill store on Esk St has revealed an old battery advertisement from when it was a service station many years ago.

The major physical demolition, which started at the weekend, showed the advertisement on the side brick wall.

Executive director Jason Smith said the building was first used as a service station "many years ago", before becoming a liquor outlet and later a Mitre 10 store, and then an appliance centre.

The company was working on a design for the replacement building, which would include a single-level shop frontage for Esk St.

A week has been put aside for the demolition with work on the replacement building awaiting consent.

Mr Smith would not say how much the renovation cost but said it was a "significant investment".

Last month, the inside of the building was gutted and staff moved to a temporary office to prepare for demolition.

The location of the new office block in the H&J Smith building has not yet been determined.

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