A new mall at Tauranga Crossing and the multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Melrose Retirement Village have helped set a record for commercial consents last month.
Figures from Priority One show 29 commercial consents valued at $59 million were issued in August - the ''highest value of commercial consents issued on record''.
Tauranga Crossing and a new care facility with retirement apartments and villas at Melrose Retirement Village on Waihi Rd were issued with consents worth $15m each followed by $6m consents for the basement of Zespri's new head office and an office building on 17th Ave.
Tauranga Crossing chief executive Steve Lewis said construction was already under way for stage two of the shopping centre which would include an Event Cinemas six-screen complex with a V-Max theatre - the first of its kind in the region - a large international fashion retailer, and a food precinct.
Mr Lewis said there were 20 stores at the Crossing but another 80 fashion, apparel and general merchandise retailers would take that number to more than 115 - when stage one and two were finished.
Strong retailer demand had given the owners confidence to push forward, he said.
''Stage one of Tauranga Crossing Shopping Centre opened in late 2016 and has exceeded expectations... we are seeing growing visitation and retailer sales.
''Successful shopping centres today offer a broad retail range combining fashion and tradition retail with a strong experiential offer, such as cinemas, dining and leisure activities.
''There are national and international retailers which do not currently have a presence in Tauranga and are seeking high quality well-designed space. In addition other retailers are looking to grow their Tauranga businesses. We are responding to this demand.''
The first part of stage two would open late 2018 while the last part of stage two was scheduled for completion in the first half of 2019.
"During construction, our main contractor Hawkins estimates that up to 400 construction workers will be employed on the site at any one time," a company's spokeswoman said.
By mid-2019, it was estimated the retailers in the Tauranga Crossing Shopping Centre would be employing about 1000 people, she said.
Tauranga Crossing is 100 per cent New Zealand owned by Kiwi private interests.