Publish date: 16/05/2018

Rumours are rife amongst the North Canterbury population as key developments around the region continue to progress, attracting new businesses and franchises. 

The possibility of popular retailer Kmart coming to Kaiapoi is good according to developer Jedd Pearce, who confirms he is still in ‘positive talks’ with the company.

Waimak Junction – on the corner of Kaiapoi’s Smith Street and the Southern Motorway – is still a likely location for the retail giant, alongside the existing Placemakers and the two other confirmed businesses for the site: McKeown Petrol Station which will open next year, and an early learning centre which has recently been granted consent.

This year will also see part of the commercial precinct at Ravenswood open. BP, McDonald’s and New World are the confirmed retailers so far with Iain Weir, Ravenswood Commercial Manager, confirming that six of the 10 large commercial sites at Ravenswood have been sold, two are currently under negotiation and another two are still available. BP has commenced construction and will open later this year.

Whilst details of the new businesses in the retail precinct are yet to be released, Iain says “We are targeting a wide range of tenancies such as pharmacy, health and beauty, real estate, banking, sporting goods and hospitality. It’s important that we have the right tenancy mix to make it a successful shopping centre experience.”

Thirty four of Ravenswood’s 36 light industrial lots have also sold. Murray Powell of Woodend-based Motivation DeSign has confirmed that he is the owner of one of the light industrial lots.

“We have bought a nice sizeable corner site with easy access,” says Murray. “We were instantly attracted to Ravenswood because of the location and the presence of McDonald’s, BP Connect and New World as neighbours. It makes sense to relocate our well-established brand there to move forward into the future.”

As building gets underway at Ravenswood, construction is starting to wrap up at Mandeville Village in Swannanoa as businesses open their doors there. Beauty therapist She Believed Beauty opened in March, followed closely by Supervalue Supermarket in April. Sweet Pea Early Learning Centre, NPD petrol station, a fish & chip shop, a thai restaurant and The Platform Bar, Restaurant & Café are all in line to open at Mandeville Village in the coming months.

It’s all go over at Silverstream Subdivsion Kaiapoi too. K Endodontics and Total Health Physio have recently joined the existing businesses in the Silverstream retail centre, with the Silverstream Medical Centre, Silverstream Pharmacy and Allied Health Group all due to open there in August this year.

Developer Fred Rahme confirms that another exciting development will be taking place at Silverstream soon, with full details to come next month…