NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island acquires Highland Park Shopping Centre

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Ltd is excited to announce the purchase of the well-established Highland Park Shopping Centre, with a view to eventually bringing a new shopping option to the high growth East Auckland area.

The Centre will be redeveloped over time. The redevelopment will be designed to accommodate existing retailers and to ultimately include a PAK’nSAVE supermarket. The co-operative believes the proposed redevelopment will offer locals the opportunity to enjoy New Zealand’s lowest food prices.

The current owners, Highland Centre Limited, have owned the Highland Park Shopping Centre for 20 years. Over this time, they have come to know many of their tenants personally, as such, the decision to sell was given a great deal of thought.

“After all these years we are pleased to be able to sell to a 100% New Zealand owned company which is committed to providing a valuable service to the Highland Park and wider East Auckland community,” says Mark Townsend, Director, Highland Centre Limited.

Lindsay Rowles, Foodstuffs North Island General Manager, Property Development says, “The purchase is an exciting milestone for the Co-operative. While we are still very much in the planning and evaluation stage, we are considering adding a PAK’nSAVE to the Highland Park and wider Eastern Bays area, which ultimately means we are able to offer customers more choice.”

“The details are still to be worked through. Our focus right now is on working with the existing tenants to ensure they have all the information they need as the redevelopment begins to take shape.”

The rights and interests of existing tenants will be taken into account, including the Countdown supermarket in the Centre which is not directly affected by the current redevelopment proposal.

Colliers has been appointed by Foodstuffs North Island as the managing agent for the Highland Park Shopping Centre. They are handling the process on behalf of Foodstuffs and are responsible for all property, facilities and marketing management associated with the site.

“We know the news that Foodstuffs has purchased the Shopping Centre could mean uncertainty for its current tenants, and we are very mindful of this”, says Rowles.

“The Foodstuff team wants all tenants, some of whom have been here for many years, to feel supported and, with Colliers, are endeavouring to make this process as seamless as possible.

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs North Island Ltd

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island celebrates the official opening of PAK’nSAVE Clendon

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island officially opened PAK’nSAVE Clendon on November 28 with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It represents the conclusion of a significant construction project for Foodstuffs.

Clendon had a 30-year-old New World that was in need of replacement, but Foodstuffs North Island could see that a PAK’nSAVE would better serve the local community.

Through a carefully managed construction project, the Foodstuffs North Island team kept the New World store running while Stage 1 of a brand new PAK’nSAVE was built right next door.

Owner-operator Roger Knapper, his team and the Foodstuffs project team worked together to get New World Clendon ready to close its doors for the last time on April 23.

They then opened the half-size PAK’nSAVE on April 26 and operated that way for six months, while the old New World was demolished, and the other half of the new PAK’nSAVE was built in its place.

Now, the second stage is complete and Clendon customers can enjoy the full-sized store.

“I’m so proud of my team, Roger says. “They’ve dealt with immense pressure in going through the process of closing one store and opening a new one. I’m very grateful to the community for their understanding and patience. The transition period was challenging, but the end result is outstanding,” he says.

Foodstuffs North Island GM Property Development Lindsay Rowles says the project required careful management.

“Running a construction project while maintaining food safety standards, keeping our customers safe and providing the same high standards of service is an interesting challenge, but we’re pleased to say that the project went well and was completed on schedule.

“We’re very pleased to be able to bring New Zealand’s lowest food prices to grocery shoppers in Clendon,” Rowles says


Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island relocates its Wellington Gilmours store to Bouverie Street, Petone

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Work began on the fit-out of the 4750 sqm building in June and the store was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony today [October 17].

“Foodstuffs North Island has invested more than $1 million in the development of this leasehold property, which is located in a light industrial area handy to State Highway 2,” Foodstuffs North Island’s GM Property Development Lindsay Rowles says.

“The old store in McCormack Place, Ngauranga closed on October 12 and all 71 staff have moved to the new location with owner-operator Matt Humphrey,” Rowles says. “In this new location we’re able to offer our Gilmours customers a larger, more modern store and more parking,” he says.

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Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Foodstuffs North Island sells its Silverstream site to Farrah’s

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island has sold its 4.0369ha site at 57 Kiln Street, Silverstream for an undisclosed sum. The supermarket company put the site on the market in March and tenders closed on April 12.

“Foodstuffs has been on this site since 1981, but no longer requires the entire 23,500sqm warehouse and office complex. We’re pleased that it will continue to be used for food purposes as it has been purchased by Upper Hutt company Farrah’s. The family behind Farrah’s have been making tortillas and wraps in the Wellington region since 1999,” Foodstuffs North Island General Manager of Property Development Lindsay Rowles says.

Farrah’s is a successful business with humble beginnings. Owners Farrah and Jovan Čanak started out by stretching and cooking each wrap by hand.

“In 1999, a friend who owned a local kebab shop commented that he couldn’t find a tortilla wrap that wouldn’t crack or split when rolled. That’s what sparked our business idea. An old fish ‘n chip shop became our first bakery, and we cooked each wrap on a hot plate over an open flame. We even went to Mexico and the USA to refine our craft,” Jovan Čanak says.

The company intends to start construction at Kiln Street in November, and will turn the site into a world-class export facility, meaning it will continue to grow as valuable employer to the region.

“Foodstuffs is now seeking office space in the Hutt Valley for the 100 or so staff we have in Wellington,” Rowles says. “This is a chance for us to significantly upgrade our office premises for our Wellington staff and provide them with a more modern working environment,” Rowles says.

The sale means Foodstuffs will close its bottling plant at Silverstream in mid-August.

“We went to market with the idea of leasing back part of the site in order to retain the bottling plant, but in the end, the offer for the entire site made the best economic sense for our business. We have elected to outsource our bottling services to an external supplier,” Rowles says.

“There are six bottling plant roles affected by this decision and we’re looking for ways we can redeploy the affected staff within Foodstuffs,” Rowles says.

The Kiln Street site has a 17,708sqm warehouse and 5,773sqm of office space, with 167 carparks. It was marketed for sale by Bayleys Real Estate.



Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

NEW ZEALAND: Four Square opens at The Lakes, Tauranga’s newest residential development

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tauranga’s newest residential development, The Lakes, is billed as “the best address in town”, and soon it will have one of the best convenience stores too, when Four Square The Lakes opens there in mid-April.

Located about 10 kilometres southwest of Tauranga’s CBD, The Lakes will eventually be home to over 7000 people living in almost 2100 homes spread across 254 hectares.

At the heart of it will be The Lakes Neighbourhood Shopping Village, on Caslani Lane, and at the heart of that will be the local Four Square – the trusted Kiwi grocer that provides service that’s second to none.

Ant Pederson, Owner-Operator, Four Square The Lakes says it’s exciting to watch the new store take shape, and also humbling to be a founding member of one of the country’s newest suburbs.

“Four Square has a rich history of serving communities throughout New Zealand and has often been there as new suburbs take shape and communities grow around them,” says Pederson.

“That’s exactly what’ll happen here at The Lakes – more and more people are moving here as homes are completed, and plans for a new local school have just been announced too – and as the suburb rises around us, and the local kids grow up too, we’ll be here to serve their everyday grocery needs.”

“My current focus though is on getting the store ready for opening, and also recruiting my team, which is arguably the most important task because while shiny new premises will always attract customers through the doors to start with, it’s friendly, helpful staff who’ll keep them coming back.”

Lindsay Rowles, General Manager Property Development, Foodstuffs North Island, says with Tauranga now known as one of the country’s most desirable cities, he and his team are constantly looking at how to feed its growing population.

“Tauranga has just overtaken Dunedin as the country’s fifth biggest city,” says Rowles. “Last year it’s population reached 128,000 people – a staggering 60 percent growth rate in just two decades. As that population continues to grow it’s almost certain that our operations will expand there too.”

“In the Tauranga City area we already have three New Worlds, three PAK’nSAVEs including the one at Tauriko that only opened last year, while Four Square The Lakes will be the city’s sixth Four Square.”

“It’s not just about quantity either, but the quality of the shopping experience too. Modern consumers have high expectations, and the design and range of all our new stores, such as Four Square The Lakes, certainly deliver that.”


Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island announceS divestment plan for its Kiln Street site

Foodstuffs North Island has announced that it is marketing for sale its 4.0369ha site at 57 Kiln Street, Silverstream in Upper Hutt.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2017-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Foodstuffs is committed to maintaining its Wellington operations, but no longer requires the entire 23,500sqm warehouse and office complex and is assessing options to either sell the site and take a leaseback over a portion of space or to move its office staff to an alternative location within the Hutt Valley,” Foodstuffs North Island’s General Manager of Property Development Lindsay Rowles says.

“We have more space than we need at Kiln Street so it makes good business sense for us to look at alternatives.

“Our intention is to work with prospective purchasers to lease back part of the Kiln Street site in the short to medium term,” Rowles says. “Our bottling plant may remain in a portion of the warehouse at Kiln Street on a leaseback arrangement. We will also lease back space in the short to medium term for our support centre staff, depending upon availability of suitable alternative premises in the Hutt Valley and feedback from prospective purchasers.

“Given the strength of the current property market, it’s a good time for us to sell our Kiln Street property and reinvest the funds in our store network,” Rowles says.

The Kiln Street site has a 17,708sqm warehouse and 5,773sqm of office space, with 167 carparks. It is being marketed for sale by Bayleys. Tenders are open from March 10 until April 12.


Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
Phone: +64 9 621 0600
Fax: +64 9 621 0601

New World Papakura opens Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s one of the fastest-growing parts of the country, and now it has a new supermarket too, with the newly-built New World Papakura set to open its doors next week.

The new store, built just 100 metres up the road from the old one, on East Street in Papakura’s CBD, will be officially opened on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, at 8.15 am.

To mark the occasion there will be kapa haka performances, free coffees until 11.30 am, and a chance for shoppers to enter the draw to win one of five prizes of $1000 of groceries a week until Christmas.

Peter Lynch, Owner-Operator of New World Papakura, says after nine months of construction it’s “very exciting” to be on the verge of opening the new building up to the community.

“The new store brings more choice, great prices and the same quality personal service our customers expect and deserve,” Lynch says. “And having it just up the road from the old store means it’s just a few extra steps for an even better shopping experience.”

The new store has a retail area of 1,615m² – nearly double that of the old store – while the total premises is just over a hectare in area, and includes 152 carparks.

“Everything has been designed with customer convenience in mind: more carparks, wider aisles, way bigger range in fresh foods, and more checkouts, including self-serve, to make shopping quicker.”

Dozens of new jobs have been created, too, with up to 45 more staff depending on the time of year, who’ll be joining the current team of 90.

“It’s great to be able to bring some new people in to bolster our team, which includes some of the best bakers and butchers in town.”

The new store is also more eco-friendly, with features such as the CO2 refrigeration, energy efficient lighting and rain water harvesting systems.

“Sustainability is a major focus for us. As well as providing a soft plastics recycling bin at the front of our store, we’ll continue to offer New World’s discount for those who bring their own reusable bags. We are also aiming to divert at least 80 percent of our waste away from landfill.”

Lindsay Rowles, General Manager of Property Development, Foodstuffs North Island Ltd, says it’s the fourth store the company has opened in as many months.

“The others were New World Te Kuiti, PAK’nSAVE Tamatea in Napier, and PAK’nSAVE Tauriko in Tauranga. Their total cost exceeds $80 million, and their geographic spread underscores our commitment to bringing modern supermarkets to all parts of the North Island.”

Lynch adds that with Papakura having one of the fastest-growing populations in the country – at an estimated average of around two percent per year – his new store is well-placed to serve the community and surrounding areas over the coming decades.

“We’ve already got 34 years under our belt of serving the local and wider community, and now I’m confident we’ll be here for at least 34 more, bringing shoppers quality food, great service and an enjoyable shopping experience.”


Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff NZ