Project includes retail component

SARAH JARVIS
Last updated 05:00 31/07/2014
Rob Anderson of Caltex
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE / Fairfax NZ
MOVING AHEAD: Caltex King St owner Rob Anderson, front, looks over the plans for the new location of his business with project manager Albert Mara, of Christchurch.

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A new development in Timaru's south end is under construction.

Caltex King St will double in size when the business moves into the new development opposite its current site.

Owner Rob Anderson said the move will be "a good one".

"They usually say the left-hand side is better - especially for those leaving town who want to fill up."

Red Sky Holdings is the developer, and it will be the company's first Timaru project.

Company director Amelia Simpson said there would be a retail component to the site and they had been talking with some nationally recognised brands.

"It's early days and nothing has been finalised yet," she said.

Simpson said the south end of Timaru was ideal for the project and provided a good opportunity to enhance the site.

Caltex's new 200sqm forecourt will also include a bigger and modern fixed brand shop. Anderson, who has owned the business since 2006, said a larger forecourt and shop could mean more staff.

"We will see how we go, first."

He employs four fulltime employees and five casual workers.

The move has also come at a good time with the station's fuel tanks needing to be replaced - costing upwards of $500,000. The new site will have new fibreglass tanks with a life expectancy of 50 years.

The company hopes to open by November 1.

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- The Timaru Herald

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