Recently the Think Papanui broke the news that Kmart’s Papanui store is planned to open on the 2nd of April 2020.
I curate Think Papanui’s content, and have been taking a look through the questions and comments on the post I put up announcing the opening date. In this article I’ll endeavour to respond to some of these – please note that I don’t speak for or on behalf of Kmart, but I’ll include links & references where possible. Best efforts are made to ensure this information is correct as at the date of publication, but if you’re reading this at some point in the future keep in mind that circumstances may have changed.
What other shops are planned in the development?
In addition to Kmart as the anchor tenant there are spaces for mid/large retail as well as smaller hospitality ones in this next stage of the Northlink development. Other tenants named so far include Noel Leeming, Torpedo7, Bargain Chemist, Couplands and St Pierre’s. Source: Colliers International
What impact will the extra traffic have on local roads?
I’m not aware of any change to the situation I described in this May 2019 article – when the development is fully completed it is expected to generate peak-hour traffic of close to 600 vehicle trips per hour, and the developer expects an additional 300 vehicle movements per day in Morrison Avenue once the ‘Kmart’ block is open.
There is a plan for a third block yet to be constructed at the rear of the site, and a condition of the resource consent is that the final part “cannot be occupied until there is a contract let for an intersection upgrade to traffic lights at the intersection of Langdons Road and Greers Road”. There are no plans for traffic lights at the entrance/exit to the Northlink retail site itself.
What’s happening to Kmart in The Palms?
Kmart announced in April 2019 that it will be relocating its Shirley store to Papanui. “The decision to relocate the store to Papanui is part of our vision to continue to grow our store network in Christchurch, and we are doing this by ensuring our stores are in the best locations to service our customers now and well into the future … We look forward to welcoming everybody into our new store in early 2020.”
What will replace Kmart at The Palms?
I’m not aware of any announcements at this stage.
Are Kmart hiring new staff for the Papanui store?
At the date of publication I don’t see any Papanui-specific jobs on Kmart’s careers website. I’d suggest keeping an eye on that page and/or signing up to the ‘job alert’ feature found there.
Question for readers
What other questions do you have? Let me know in the comments below.