The former Royal Tavern building on Main South Rd, Green
Island, is demolished to make way for a proposed Fresh
Choice supermarket. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Progressive Enterprises has confirmed it plans to go
ahead with a multimillion-dollar supermarket development in
A spokeswoman for the company said a resource consent
application had just been lodged, or was about to be lodged,
with the Dunedin City Council.
However, it was too early to say when the work would begin,
The development came closer to fruition at the end of last
week when the former Royal Tavern on the corner of Main South
Rd and Jefcott St was demolished.
Progressive Enterprises has been in talks with the Dunedin
City Council for the past two years with a view to developing
a Fresh Choice supermarket on land between Main South Rd and
The site includes the former Royal Tavern as well as land
next to Green Island Memorial Park and a block of
The spokeswoman said the company had also been in discussions
with Green Island supermarket operator John Moyle, and if
resource consent was granted, the plan was for him to close
his Moyle's Supervalue Supermarket on the opposite side of
Main South Rd and the new supermarket would be branded
Moyle's Fresh Choice.
When contacted at the weekend, Mr Moyle said he had not yet
heard if the development was officially going ahead.
He declined to comment further.
The ODT understands the supermarket, if built, would
cost millions and be similar in size to the Fresh Choice
supermarket in Highgate.