Te Kuiti locals can now enjoy a better quality shopping experience, as the town’s newly built New World supermarket opened on Tuesday, 11 October.
New World Te Kuiti owner-operator Mark Brittenden says: “It would be fair to say this project has been all-consuming for the past year. But during that time the constant community feedback has been amazing.”
The new building has a gross floor area of 2448m², of which just over half – 1313m² – is devoted to retail space. The total site area is 8024m², and that includes 141 car parks.
“Compared to the old New World, the new one is bigger and better across the board, with the latest building design, plenty of natural light, a great fresh food offer, and a more convenient location.”
“It’s also a lot more eco-friendly, with LED lights that have automatic dimmers which, combined with our huge sky-lights, will minimise our daytime power usage. Our refrigeration is more energy-efficient too, using CO2 rather than manufactured gas, and it will heat our water and provide heating for the main air conditioning system over the cooler months.”
The Te Kuiti community also gain from the extra employment the new store has created, with a total of 95 staff, or 15 more jobs than there were at the old store.
Foodstuffs North Island GM Property Development, Lindsay Rowles, says New World Te Kuiti is the third of five new Foodstuffs supermarkets to open in the North Island in 2016. The others being New World Milford (Auckland), PAK’nSAVE Tauriko (Tauranga), PAK’nSAVE Tamatea (Napier) and New World Papakura (Auckland).
“That level of investment underscores our commitment to bringing the best shopping experience to all Kiwis, including those in the regions,” says Rowles.