The Dunedin Raeward Fresh saga continues. Representatives from Foodstuffs argued their case on Tuesday, after the proposed store had been opposed by council planner Darryl Sycamore on grounds that it would not fit the current industrial zoning designation.
According to the proponents, the produce-based indoor market might create up to 40 jobs, namely 15 full-time and 25-part time positions, and bring almost $4 million in construction spending, being housed in abandoned industrial premises that needs substantial renovation.
Rebecca Parish, property development manager of Foodstuffs South Island, explained that the supermarket could not work in the city centre, as its warehouse and delivery operations would not suit a ‘high quality town centre design’, whereas transport costs would be reduced with its proposed proximity opposite Foodstuffs’ distribution centre. In addition, the supermarket would include 60 off-street customer car parks and 10 off-street staff car parks, and its café could appeal to workers from the surrounding industrial area.
In response to the proponents’ submissions, Sycamore did not deny the store would be beneficial to the community, but confirmed his opposition to the plan, believing it could set an undesirable precedent.