Construction of the Mitre 10 Mega store in the Three Parks business centre is back on track with “all guns blazing” after the coronavirus outbreak caused delays of six to eight weeks, according to Mitre 10 Wānaka co-owner and Mitre 10 New Zealand Chairman Martin Dippie.
Dippie said he was pleased to be “back in the swing of things” with construction of the Mega store, which was more than five years in planning and will use new technology to ensure it is a green and resilient building.
Some of this new energy conserving technology - cross-laminated timber from Austria intended for the office area - was still making its way to New Zealand, after being put on hold in Belgium when the country went into lockdown.
“We can track it online, and it’s currently on a boat queueing up to enter the Suez Canal,” said Dippie.
Once it arrives in Wānaka and the interior walls are completed, they will be able to put the final piece of roofing on and see the store’s shell completed.
“It’s going to be a great store,” said Dippie, “it’s going to be absolutely enormous.” Sitting on a 2.8ha site, the 9,000sqm store will be two and a half times bigger than the new New World across the road. Also onsite will be a 3,900sqm garden centre, 10,000sqm drive-through trade and timber yard, and a cafe and playground.
Dippie said he felt positive about the outlook for the business in the wake of coronavirus believing that Kiwis would be spending more time at home, shopping locally and renovating their houses. He predicted that the store would be open in November or December this year.
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