A South Dunedin landmark may be
demolished later this year as the Red Barn Garden Centre is
closed and amalgamated with Nichols Garden Centre.
Nichols and Red Barn owner Allan Dippie said the Red Barn
store had been sited in Andersons Bay Rd for about 15 years,
but the time had come to move out of the premises, because
the lease was about to expire and real estate in Andersons
Bay Rd was becoming ''pricey''.
It was time to ''rationalise all our overheads''.
No jobs would be lost with the closure of the outlet.
Mr Dippie said he planned to move the Red Barn staff to his
other store, Nichols Garden Centre, Florist, Landscaping and
Paving Centre, at the corner of Timaru and Teviot Sts, which
would be expanded later this year.
Neighbouring land had been bought in Timaru St, to expand the
site to about 10,000sq m. It would allow space for a cafe to
built at the centre.
Mr Dippie said the search had begun for new tenants for the
Red Barn site and the building could be demolished and
rebuilt to suit the purposes of the new tenant.
''It's sad to see the Red Barn go, because we're quite fond
of it. It's a long-standing business.
''But all the staff are staying and there will be exciting
The Red Barn Garden Centre would remain open ''until the end
of autumn'' and a date for closure had not yet been
determined, he said.