Construction underway on new Mitre 10
Kerikeri’s home improvement offer is set to expand with construction now underway on a new Mitre 10 store in the Waipapa Retail Centre.
Construction began last month on the forty-first Mitre 10 store which, at 6400sqm, will be one of the largest Mitre 10 stores in the network. Scheduled to open mid-2018, the store will have a spacious and airy retail floor, an undercover garden centre, a covered drive thru and a large timber and building materials yard. Customers will also find a full-service Columbus Café, a children’s playground and more than 200 car parks.
Store owners Ben and Debbie Leduc will be relocating to Kerikeri from Auckland and are excited to be part of Mitre 10’s re-introduction to the Kerikeri community.
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to become Mitre 10 store operators and thrilled to develop this site,” says Debbie.
“Mitre 10 has long wanted to re-establish its presence here in Kerikeri so it’s fantastic to be a part of making that happen,” added Ben.
Both Ben and Debbie are experienced business and retail professionals who are excited to settle in the region. They’re confident that the new store will be welcomed and embraced by the community.
“Ben and I have been spending a lot of time up here over the past while, we’re convinced that the store will enhance the home improvement offering in the Far North and we also want to play a role in both local DIY and community projects.
“Mitre 10’s locally owned and operated model means it’s owners are very hands-on and involved in their communities. That’s exactly how we like it and we’re very much looking forward to getting involved and supporting our local community,” says Debbie.
Ben knows the Mitre 10 Group well, having held various executive positions with the New Zealand cooperative over the last 15 years. He played an instrumental role including introducing the larger Mitre 10 MEGA format to New Zealand also gained significant retailing and hardware management experience in both Canada and Australia.
Debbie also brings significant business expertise and has held several senior financial management roles in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, including most recently Chief Financial Officer for Child Labor Free.