- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:56AM
If you're a Kmart lover, you might want to book flights to Auckland for next year.
Because Kmart is set to open a huge, new half-hectare store at Auckland mega-mall Sylvia Park!
The new shop will be located in the old Countdown area, after the supermarket chain said it closed because the location was inconvenient for shoppers.
Linda Trainer, general manager of Kiwi Property, which owns the Mt Wellington centre, said a 5000sq m space previously occupied by Countdown at the southern end of the property had been leased to Kmart.
"Countdown left Sylvia Park on April 22, just over five months ago. Since that time we have been undertaking preparatory works to the site in readiness for Kmart's occupation," a Kiwi Property spokesperson said.
Ben Smith, Kmart's property head of the department stores division, said that would be the seventh store in Auckland and the first opened in this city in more than 10 years.
"This continues our expansion in New Zealand. This financial year, we have announced four new locations across New Zealand," Smith said.
Kmart currently has stores at Albany, Henderson, St Lukes, Manukau, Botany and Papatoetoe.
By June, Kiwi Property had the form work structure up for the $223m Sylvia Park expansion, creating a new upper-level galleria for an 8100sq m Farmers, expanding car-parking to 5000 spaces and almost finishing a new 10-level, $80m office tower for 1000 people. That expanded shopping centre opens in 2020 as Sylvia Park "pops the roof" to move upstairs with its pedestrian-style main-street format mall which is almost 1km long.