Chris Ward

For the time being, FreshChoice Greytown franchise owner Chris Ward has to put aside his plans to build a new sign and extend the carpark, following parent company Progressive Enterprises’ decision to surrender the resource consent.

“No decision has been made about another application at this time,” Adrian Walker, Progressive’s general manager for property, told SupermarketNews.

Ward’s saga started in January this year, when a group of Greytown residents, Friends of Historic Greytown, challenged the proposed development on the grounds that it would have had a ‘detrimental effect’ on the town’s historic character. At odds with the South Wairarapa District Council over its decision to grant two non-notified resource consents, the group threatened to ask for a judicial review.

Under pressure from the community, Progressive Enterprises has now decided to revoke the consent, even though store owner Chris Ward hasn’t given up on the project, which he thinks would improve business visibility and safety. “It makes for a cleaner, easier delivery of stock, and it makes for a more appealing street frontage,” Ward said.
However, he remained confident that the supermarket group will soon find the best options for both Greytown and his store.