New Countdown for airport shopping mall

05:14, Jul 19 2013
Spitfire Square
YET-TO-BE-BUILT: The new retail development will have 17 cafes, shops, and banks.
Spitfire Square
HIGH HOPES: Spitfire Square hopes to attract some of the 30,000 visitors to the airport each day.
Spitfire Square
SPITFIRE SQUARE: The $25m development will be open in 2014.

Christchurch Airport has secured a Countdown supermarket as an anchor tenant in the airport's Spitfire Square retail development.

The planned precinct to the east of the main terminal will partly service the 6000 people who work within the wider airport area and some of the 30,000 who visit the airport each day.

Airport chief commercial officer Blair Forgie said the supermarket would be the ''anchor tenant'' for Spitfire Square, and the company was also in talks with four or five other tenants it hoped to secure for the site.

It plans to start building the $25 million Spitfire Square project in the fourth quarter of this year, with the supermarket and other shops, including cafes, to open by the end of next year.

The square will bring in another revenue stream to the majority council-owned airport company, which has the Government as its other shareholder.

The airport gets about 64 per cent of its revenues from non-aeronautical streams or areas not directly linked to airline and passenger charges.


It wants to increase that non-aeronautical component.

Spitfire Square will have about 17 stores, including bars, cafes and trading banks located off Memorial Ave, in a space between Peter Leeming and Orchard roads, when completed.

The buildings will have a total floor plan of 5700 square metres and will have several car parks.

''We have the equivalent of the population of Timaru coming on to the airport campus every day, with many of them wanting everyday grocery and other items,'' Forgie said.

''The new supermarket will undoubtedly be used by airport staff and visitors alike.''

Progressive Enterprises managing director Dave Chambers said the development would be "a great place to shop''.

The supermarket was expected to be about 2700sqm, he said.

The Press