A new supermarket for Flaxmere has been on the community’s wish list for years, and now the time has come.
Foodstuffs North Island and Hastings District Council are pleased to announce that a brand-new retail complex, which includes a new generation New World supermarket and retail shops, will be built by Foodstuffs North Island on vacant land behind the village shops.
Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said the development was hugely exciting for Flaxmere.
“The timing couldn’t be better – Flaxmere is set to grow over coming years with all the new homes being built, and it sits within the wider strategy we have for our Fabulous Flaxmere that’s been in motion over the past 10 years – its housing, amenities, facilities and parks.
“It’s Flaxmere’s time – we’re delighted the day has come that we can announce a new-much needed supermarket is on its way.”
Flaxmere councillors Henare O’Keefe and Peleti Oli said the desire to have a new supermarket for Flaxmere had been talked about for many years.
“It’s great to now be able to give the community something tangible – with all the challenges of COVID, this is an encouraging and inspiring development,” Mr O’Keefe said.
Foodstuffs North Island chief executive Chris Quin, said it had been a privilege for the company being a part of the Flaxmere community and that it was exciting to be investing in its future and people.
“Providing great value, amazing fresh food and excellent customer service is our top priority. Flaxmere is a busy and diverse community, so we’ll be putting a lot of thought into making sure we have all the right things in the store, at the right prices and ready to go, whatever the need or occasion,” Mr Quin said.
The new New World will be larger than the nearby existing store, and will provide employment and career opportunities for up to 80 locals including experts in fresh foods, produce, butchery, bakery, seafood and deli.
It’s estimated it will take about three years to design and construct the new supermarket and retail complex, which would see it up and running by mid-2024.
29 October 2021
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