The Mirror Queenstown Lakes : April 16th 2014
Queenstown Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Easter what's on guide pages 21-28 Thumbs up forMEGAshops Jackie Melgrew,of Arrowtown, said that as a mumwith three kids the mega-stores were ‘‘verymuch agoodidea. Anything that eases thebudget is agood thing.Alot of peoplegoto Invers or Dunedin toshop at those stores, so having them here will be great.’’ Eddie Dolan, formerly of Queenstown, said both stores were ‘‘not entirely necessary, but competition forNew World could be agood thing. I hopethe bus service extends togo there because a lot of these stores are dependanton people with cars coming there, and that’s not a great thing.’’ ShaneMark, of Queenstown, hopesno-oneobjects to resource consent being granted. ‘‘Queenstown is growing so fast that having these big stores here will be reallygoodfor everyone, becauseweneed cheaper places to shop.’’ Tracey Clark, of Quail Rise, thought the mega-stores were ‘‘great, because they’ll makeshoppingmore affordable - it’ll be reallygood if they can be open by next winter.’’ Tracey’s sonGrayson didn’t have toomany thoughtsonthe matter. Wesley Kerr, abornandbred Queenstowner from EdinburghDrive, reckoned it was ‘‘beyond belief these stores were heldupso long with somanylegal wrangles, because they’ll be absolutely great forQueenstown.’’ Justin Bell, of Queenstown, reckons the bundle is ‘‘good for sure. It’llmeanmore variety and choice to shop around for better deals. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.’’ $50mshops hope for winter-2015 opening By GRANT BRYANT A $50 million Pak ’n Save and Mitre 10 Mega bundle on Queenstown’s Frankton Flats could open by mid-2015 after resource consent was granted late last week. Porter Group chief executive officer and co-managing director Alastair Porter applauded the granting of consent, which will be the first major build of Shotover Park – sister development of the well established Remarkables Park. ‘‘Affordable building and living in Queenstown got a step closer today with the granting of resource consents for a Pak ‘n Save andMitre 10 Mega store,’’ he said. ‘‘Getting these stores estab- lished through the planning process has taken an extraordinary and unnecessary amount of time and cost for all parties.’’ The legal battle resulted in previous resource consent applications being declined by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, granted in the Environment Court, overturned in the High Court and appealed to the Court of Appeal. The latest decision remains open for appeal until May 6. The landowners were now working with the New Zealand Transport Agency to have the necessary roads built next summer and completed before winter. One of the conditions of consent is that the stores do not open until the intersection of State Highway 6 and Glenda Dr is reconfigured as a left hand turn and a roundabout installed on the entrance of the yet to be built CONTINUED Page 2 Mega: Plans for the $20 millionMitre 10Megastore, which along with Pak ‘n Save will form a $50 million investment bundle forQueenstown. Images: SUPPLIED Plans:Anartist’s impressionof the proposed $30 million Pak ’n Save supermarket onQueenstown’s Frankton Flats, which wasgranted resource consent last Friday and is expected to be openby next winter.
April 9th 2014