Roslyn New World. Photo by ODT.
Roslyn New World will close on April 27, ending 37 years of
Its 10 fulltime and several part-time staff were told on
The supermarket, which opened in 1977, was no longer
economically viable, Foodstuffs South Island general manager
retail operations Alan Malcolmson said.
''We feel we owe it to the owners and their staff to ensure
they have certainty for the future, and as such we have taken
the decision to close the store,'' he said.
The franchise owners declined to talk to the Otago Daily
Times yesterday, but Mr Malcolmson said they had been
approved to buy New World Westport.
Mr Malcolmson said Foodstuffs was working with the
supermarket's employees to help them get jobs in Dunedin.
''It is too early to say how many staff will be taking up
roles elsewhere in the business. However, Foodstuffs is also
offering affected staff career, curriculum vitae and
counselling support,'' he said.
The difficult decision to close Roslyn New World had not been
taken lightly and followed an extensive review of the
business, Mr Malcolmson said.
It is the fifth retail business to leave the Roslyn shopping
centre in less than a year, following the closure of the
Roslyn Toy and Book Centre and children's clothing shop
Cradle and the relocation of Zucchini Bros and White By
Roslyn resident Emeritus Prof Jocelyn Harris said the
supermarket closure was a ''great shame''.
It was a case of small businesses being forced out of the
market by those with more money and power, and that defeated
the Dunedin City Council's strategic plan to create community
hubs, she said.
Prof Harris was involved in a 2004 petition against the
opening of FreshChoice Roslyn, on land adjoining Roslyn
Roslyn FreshChoice managers declined to comment yesterday, as
did Roslyn Village business owners spoken to by the Otago
• April 27, 2014: Roslyn New World will close.
• March 2014: White By Design relocates to George St.
• September 2013: Zucchini Bros relocates to Princes
• August 2013: Cradle sold, relocated to Wanaka.
• May 2013: Roslyn Book and Toy Centre closes.