Twenty years to the month after the former Wigram air force base near Christchurch closed down, a new family-owned New World supermarket has sprung up on the site. “The Landing” development at the appropriately named Wigram Skies opened on September 30 with the 2600sqm supermarket adding employment for more than 100 workers.

The new owners are James and Karen Backhouse who have been in the Foodstuffs team for the past eight years as the former owners of New World Northside in Oamaru and Four Square in Wanaka.

The supermarket is part of the first stage of a major development by Ngai Tahu Property and is a state of the art operation incorporating many of the latest design features from LED lighting through to a front of house barista. It was opened by Christchurch’s dputy mayor Vicki Buck and Foodstuffs GM Property & Retail Development Roger Davidson.