Green light for Queenstown mega-store


The Environment Court has approved retailer H&J Smith’s application for a $20 million Mitre 10 Mega home improvement store. 

The decision was released today (Friday). 

The store is proposed for a 1.82 hectare site at the northeastern end of the Frankton Flats owned by Porter Group’s Shotover Park Ltd. 

H&J Smith company Cross Roads Properties Ltd successfully asked that the application be determined by the Environment Court, rather than Queenstown Lakes District Council in the first instance. 

A legal road runs through the site, however that will be closed and replaced by a new eastern access road running from State Highway 6 around the runway to Remarkables Park. 

The Environment Court last month also granted consent to a Pak ‘N’ Save supermarket. 

However that consent has been appealed by nearby landowner Queenstown Central Ltd, which owns the Five Mile site east of Grant Road. 

The Mitre 10 Mega store will be single level with a small mezzanine floor, 100 metres long, 50m deep, a maximum nine metres high and 6249 square metres in size. 

The store also includes a cafe and garden centre and 191 carparking spaces. 

Today’s decision includes a minority opinion by commissioner Ken Fletcher who’s concerned that the store will encroach on scarce industrial land.