Update: Kmart announces store still to open tomorrow

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Shoppers eagerly awaiting the delayed opening of Queenstown’s new Kmart store will be
allowed to fill their trolleys tomorrow, according to the retail chain.

The store, which is part of the $100 million first stage of the Queenstown Central retail development on the Frankton Flats, will open tomorrow after a two-week delay.

Kmart caused confusion this afternoon when it announced in a social media post the store’s opening would be delayed once again.

The post stated: “Update: Due to unforeseen reasons our store opening has unfortunately
been delayed.

“We’re working hard to open ASAP and our official opening celebrations will now be held
Friday 26 October.”

A spokeswoman for the company has now clarified that the post meant to say the store would be opening tomorrow as planned, but its formal in-store celebration day activities and
giveaways would take place next Friday.

Most of the first stage of the project, which would include about 45 tenants spread across four buildings, was meant to open on October 4 but construction problems on site have caused delays.

Dominion Constructors Ltd was issued with a ”Notice to Fix” by the Queenstown Lakes
District Council in late August after a worker cut through steel bars connecting the concrete
wall panels and foundations of buildings on the site.

Remedial works were then required to address issues affecting two of the buildings.

Earlier this week, the Otago Daily Times reported the building could not fully open until a
Certificate of Public Use was issued – that certificate was contingent on further safety checks
at the site today after an initial inspection on Monday.

Council communications advisor Campbell Weal said the communications team still had not
heard from the control team in charge of the inspection on site at about 2.50pm.

A Kmart spokeswoman added that the company has had ”confirmation that it is safe to open”.

More to come

-Joshua Walton and Tracey Roxburgh