That’s not a supermarket this is

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The developer of Queenstown’s residential shopping precinct at Frankton has unveiled major expansion plans. 

The new plans by Porter Group – developer of Remarkables Park and Shotover Park – raises the stakes in the battle of the grocery giants.

Porter Group plans to build a whopping 6000 square metre Pak ‘n’ Save discount supermarket with a service station. 

Porter Group co-managing director Alastair Porter says in conjunction with supermarket operator Foodstuffs South Island, a resource consent has been lodged. 

Porter says an existing 43 retailers, services and offices at Remarkables Park – which measures 27,000 sq m – was already attracting 2.3 million people per annum. 

This is planned to expand to approximately 60,000 sq m, with building plans for a further seven stores adding to a total of 14,000 sq m currently in progress. 

“Even this week, the community was no doubt delighted to see Whitcoulls and Mooch, a gifts and homeware store, opening in the Remarkables Park.” 

Other projects in the pipeline include high density residential, health, retirement, childcare, schools, a recreational and sports complex, cinemas, resort hotels, conference and cultural facilities, and a jet ferry terminal on the Kawarau River. 

Porter says so as not to confuse the Remarkables Park’s retail focus, his group plans to relocate and develop all its discount, DIY and trade retail in the Shotover Park precinct. 

The announcement comes two weeks after Mountain Scene revealed plans for a rival new $125 million retail complex on the Frankton Flats Five Mile site near Remarkables Park. 

Auckland developer Tony Gapes announced the $125m spend saying it would include a Countdown supermarket measuring 4200 sq m. That and other features would replace the Five Mile excavation eyesore, infamously dubbed “Hendo’s Hole” after beleaguered developer Dave Henderson.