Upgrade of Pak 'n Save Timaru expected to be complete in July
A $4.5 million upgrade and extension under way at Timaru's Pak n Save supermarket is expected to be complete in July.
Foodstuffs South Island general manager of property and retail development Roger Davidson said the work would improve the store so customers would get the same shopping experience in Timaru as elsewhere in New Zealand.
In addition Foodstuffs was "titivating" the outside of the Northtown Mall, where Pak 'n Save was located.
Work started about eight months ago with the major part involving the building being extended 500 sq m towards Hobbs St.
Davidson said this allowed the food hall to be expanded so the store could offer a greater range of products.
Scaffolding surrounded the building for the past few weeks while exterior cladding was replaced and the building was repainted.
"Things get weatherbeaten and fade in the sun," Davidson said.
The scaffolding would come down in the next six to eight weeks, he said.
Apart from the extension, the main thing customers would notice was a better flow around the fresh produce, butchery, deli and bakery areas, he said.
The liquor and bakery areas had already been relocated.
Aisles were changed to allow better movement around the store and new galvanised steel grocery racks would be installed.
Davidson said some equipment was about 20 years old as the store opened in the mid 1990s, and new equipment being installed was more user-friendly.
New technology such as freezers with sliding glass openings and new ovens would result in energy savings, he said.
"Much the same as everything over time, technology improves. We are taking the opportunity to upgrade to new models."
The checkout area would also be moved slightly but Davidson said customers were unlikely to notice this.
Opening details were yet to be decided but he said there was a lot of excitement as the upgrade neared completion.
He said the work on the supermarket showed a commitment to its location in Timaru and to South Canterbury.
"This investment in our business is occurring not just in Timaru but in other towns in the South Island as well - that is our commitment to the regions," he said.