Rototuna development nearing completion

23:26, Feb 11 2014
Rototuna development
Fast-growing: The $6 million Palmers Planet garden store is set to open next month.
Rototuna development
Rising interest: Apartments in this $10m mixed-use are already selling.
Rototuna development
Cheers: The Good George Brewery is on track to open next month
Rototuna development
With fries?: McDonald’s expects to employ about 60 staff when it opens its doors in April.

Rototuna's multimillion-dollar development and building projects are nearing completion, with building expected to wrap up in the next few months.

The developments, centred around the corner of Thomas and Horsham Downs roads, have been under way for several years.

Hamilton craft-beer company, Good George, is building a $2 million pub near the intersection. It was initially to open this month, but managing director Jason Macklow said that would now likely be mid-March.

"For us, it's about getting it right rather than having a particular date.

"We'll get it there on time I'm sure."

He said there had been "some wicked feedback from the locals" about the craft-beer pub opening, and expected the opening to be "massive".


"We've got a marketing plan in place which involves a massive opening.

"We're actually going to brew a special beer for the area, too, which should be quite cool."

He said the beer did not have a name at this stage, but that the company might run a competition to name it.

The store would be about 780 square metres once it was finished, and provide jobs for around 35 people.

Palmers Planet owner, Alan Craig, said they were on track for a "grand opening" next month.

"We're really looking forward to getting the team into it and the store set up."

He expected the project to come in slightly under its $6m price tag.

All up, the store would stretch across 100sqm, and provide jobs for around 30 people.

McDonald's confirmed it was working towards an April opening for its 243sqm store, which would provide jobs for about 60 people.

Meanwhile, building on the $10m mixed-use apartment, retail and restaurant which sits on 1 hectare of land at the roundabout is also progressing. Developer Graeme Matangi was unavailable for comment, but said in September last year that two of eight apartments had sold with "low $400s" price tags.

Several of the retail stores had also been let, and he expected tenants to be able to move in during March or April of this year.