A proposed Raeward Fresh supermarket, to be built on an industrial site in Dunedin, has been opposed by council planner Darryl Sycamore, who also stressed the importance of avoiding resource consent errors in limited-growth cities.
A retail brand of Foodstuffs, the store would include a fresh food market, butchery and liquor areas and a 200sqm café. Sycamore, however, said the supermarket would not fit the zoning designation, possibly undermining the strategy and integrity of the district plan, and might detract from other retail areas as well. Instead, the planner pointed to Princes street and South Dunedin’s retail area as more suitable locations.

Specialising in fresh produce from local growers and farmers, the Christchurch-based Raeward Fresh brand was acquired by Foodstuffs South Island in 2012. To date, the chain operates five stores across the South Island; one in Queenstown, one in Nelson and three in Christchurch.