Hornby Mega store to be biggest in Chch
To those seeing double on their drive through Hornby, cancel your eye check.
There are two orange Mitre 10 Megas next to Main South Rd. They look roughly the same size, but the one set back from the road is almost twice as big as the one currently trading.
Mitre 10 Mega Hornby director Andrew Smith said the business needed more space because of its expanding range and it would be sporting a larger trade and supplies area and garden centre with cafe.
The existing building is 6000 square metres, while the new store will be about 11,000sqm, making it the largest Mitre 10 Mega in Christchurch, he said.
The business should move to its new home near the Countdown in Chappie Pl before the year's end, he said.
The development, which has been going for a few months, had been planned before the quakes, however the larger trade supplies department would be opportune for the rebuild, he said.
There will be more 600 car parks shared between Countdown and the hardware store, which would be a big improvement on current parking, he said.
It will also be more convenient for customers and there would probably be more staff taken on due to the larger store, he said.
The Smith family owns smaller Mitre 10 stores in Beckenham, Bishopdale and Edgeware; the Edgeware store had been badly damaged and red-stickered. Its fate was yet to be decided, he said.
The family opened the multimillion-dollar Mitre 10 Mega Hornby store in 2004 and owns the land, which is leased to the Mitre 10 Mega business they run. They also own the land where they are building the new store.
Smith said the family was "looking at alternatives" for when they vacate the existing store, but were focused on getting into the new building.
Repco national property manager Jonathan Ford said Repco's Hornby store, which tenants an adjoining space to the existing Mitre 10 Mega, was negotiating to stay on the site which The Press understands may be re- developed.