The $15 million Bethlehem Town Centre Redevelopment is now underway.
The project includes a refreshed and reconfigured centre with new retail offerings and is due to be completed early next year.
The construction activity comes five months after Kmart’s announcement as the new anchor tenant at the popular shopping destination.
Bethlehem Town Centre Manager, Andrew Wadsworth of Colliers International, says having Kmart in the product offering made the shopping centre even more attractive to retail operators and shoppers.
“Nine shops will be constructed along the front of the Kmart store to create a food precinct. Some of these retailers are new to the Bay of Plenty, endorsing the appeal of the rapidly expanding catchment.”
Wadsworth says the latest redevelopment also involves a new roading network allowing for better traffic flow.
“This includes construction of round-a-bouts, the demolition and re-configuration of some stores as well as the relocation of trees and the playground. The bulk of the roading project is planned for completion before Christmas.”
The first stage involving the construction of a round-about between the Countdown Car Park and playground will get under way this month. The road reconfiguration - including the area currently occupied by the playground - will follow next month.
“We will be working very closely to support our tenants and customers through this project. The whole project will be carefully managed to mitigate any inconvenience.
“Our priority is to ensure we maintain safe access to and around the centre while continuing to provide a quality shopping environment,” says Wadsworth.
“Retailers realise the redevelopment will be great for business, and we anticipate attracting greater numbers due to the expansion of our product offering.”
Mr Wadsworth said the Bethlehem Shopping Centre had evolved markedly since the original anchor tenant Countdown opened in December 2003. The remainder of the centre opened in 2007.
About Bethlehem Town Centre
Bethlehem Town Centre is a Retail Shopping Centre conveniently situated on the northern side of State Highway 2 to the west of Tauranga. The Centre will have two anchor tenants, Kmart and the existing Countdown supermarket, and a range of specialty, larger format retail.
The Centre also boasts more than 1,000 free car parks and on completion of its redevelopment it will cover in excess of 20,000 sqm.
Bethlehem Town Centre is proudly managed by Colliers International Real Estate Management.
Kmart opened New Zealand’s first discount department store in Henderson, Auckland in 1988. Today, Kmart has 200 stores (182 in Australia and 18 in New Zealand) and employs more than 30,000 team members across Australia and New Zealand.
Key categories for Kmart include apparel (men, women and children), beauty, footwear, toys and sporting as well as events and home-living.