Big supermarket revamp planned

By Doug Laing

Plans are being made for a major redevelopment of the Pak'nSave Tamatea supermarket and shopping centre in Napier.

The plans, for one of the city's oldest supermarket sites and New Zealand's first to have a dedicated petrol station, are being made by Foodstuffs. It has applied to the Napier City Council for resource consent to replace the supermarket and associated shops.

The owners of the 3.0485ha site propose a new 5015sq m Pak'nSave built mainly on an existing carpark in the northwestern corner of the site backing on to Tamatea Park.

The site at the moment has five shops, including two takeaways, a lunch bar and coffee shop, a pharmacy and a hairdressing salon.

If approved, redevelopment will also include five shops on the ground level of a new two-storey building with offices upstairs, extending towards Leicester Ave, with two drive-through fast-food outlets and an English-style bar and restaurant on the corner of Leicester Ave and Coventry Ave.

Its trailblazing petrol station will remain in place. It was a BP station until redeveloped as part of an agreement between the supermarket and oil giants and rebranded as a petrol discounter in December 2002.

Plans for the reconfigured site provide parking for 375 vehicles - 80 fewer than the number required under the provisions of the District Plan. A bar and restaurant development is a discretionary activity in the zone.

The council's main concern centres on traffic implications of the proposed site redevelopment, with the plans for the main car-park entry and exit on Leicester Ave.

The site was first developed in the 1970s by Foodstuffs and supermarket and shopping developer Ray Durney.

In 1985, known as Safeway although not linked to the North American and Victoria, Australia chains of the same name, it became the first supermarket foray of Dutch immigrant Hanno Hasselman, stepping up from dairy and coffee shops to develop one of the first Pak'nSave supermarkets outside Auckland.

Over 10 years he doubled the floor space to the stage where it was Hawke's Bay's busiest supermarket. In 2004 he left to become owner-operator of Foodstuffs' new 7000 sq m store on former railways land near the Napier CBD.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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