Pak'n Save, Mitre 10 all ready to go

Shotover Park Ltd co-managing director Alastair Porter, of Queenstown, yesterday stands on the 4ha farmland site, of the consented $50 million Pak'n Save and Mitre 10 Mega development. Photo by James Beech.
Shotover Park Ltd co-managing director Alastair Porter, of Queenstown, yesterday stands on the 4ha farmland site, of the consented $50 million Pak'n Save and Mitre 10 Mega development. Photo by James Beech.
The developer behind the $50 million Pak'n Save and Mitre 10 Mega development in Queenstown says he would be ''very surprised'' if long-awaited construction of the retail stores did not go ahead this time around.

Shotover Park Ltd co-managing director Alastair Porter, of Queenstown, yesterday showed the Otago Daily Times where Foodstuffs South Island's Pak'n Save and Cross Roads Properties' Mitre 10 Mega are intended to be built on 4ha of greenfield Frankton Flats off Glenda Dr.

About 350 jobs were expected to be created when doors open for business.

Approval from independent planning commissioners, announced on Friday, came after more than three years and millions of dollars in legal fees from hearings in the Environment Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

The last objector was neighbouring developer Queenstown Central Ltd, an Auckland-registered company, allied with Countdown supermarket parent Progressive Enterprises Ltd.

However, Queenstown Central, Shotover Park, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Queenstown Lakes District Council have all agreed where the road which services the eastern access road will be built.

''I think and my lawyers think it is a very robust [consent] decision and we think it's a decision that would be difficult to appeal, so we're hopeful that it won't be,'' Mr Porter said.

Consent conditions were mainly concerned with landscaping, although the commissioners wanted the yellow branding of Pak'n Save and the orange branding of Mitre 10 Mega toned down.

The Warehouse in the Remarkables Park Town Centre agreed to modify its red format at the request of Remarkables Park Ltd years earlier.

Once the 15-working-day appeal period ends, building the eastern access road and ''Road 2'' which connects to Glenda Dr is expected in summer 2014-15, finishing before winter 2015.

Mr Porter said the roads ''are now a matter of high priority for the new stores, for Shotover Park, for council and I believe for NZTA, to get $50 million worth of economic development built and because, as we all know, the State Highway 6 intersection with Glenda Dr is dangerous and the quicker it gets fixed the better.''