Kmart to anchor Town Centre

Kmart has been secured as the new major tenant in the multi-million dollar redevelopment of Bethlehem Town Centre. 

   

Centre manager, Andrew Wadsworth of Colliers International, says the team is thrilled to confirm the popular department store to their side of Tauranga City, noting it as another example of the significant growth Bethlehem is experiencing. 

“This is a fantastic addition to the centre and the local community. A great deal of time and resource has gone into the planning of this project.” 

Kmart’s general manager of Property, Ben Smith, says he is pleased to bring Kmart’s everyday low prices to Bethlehem’s residents and the greater Tauranga community.

Centre manager, Andrew Wadsworth of Colliers International, says the team is thrilled to confirm the popular department store to their side of Tauranga City, noting it as another example of the significant growth Bethlehem is experiencing. 

“This is a fantastic addition to the centre and the local community. A great deal of time and resource has gone into the planning of this project.” 

Kmart’s general manager of Property, Ben Smith, says he is pleased to bring Kmart’s everyday low prices to Bethlehem’s residents and the greater Tauranga community. 

“We’re looking forward to developing our presence in Bethlehem. At present our closest store is located in Mount Maunganui. There are currently 18 Kmart stores in New Zealand, and we’re continually looking for new sites. 

“The new Kmart store in the Bethlehem Town Centre will provide Kmart’s full range in our newly formatted and designed store, and further enhance the Town Centre as a convenient shopping destination west of Tauranga’s CBD,” says Smith. 

Bethlehem has transformed from a semi-rural, horticultural area to a modern, executive and much sought after suburb. The Town Centre itself has evolved remarkably since the original Countdown opened in December 2003 - the remainder of the centre opened in 2007. 

“The introduction of Kmart will significantly increase the retail offering for customers,” says Wadsworth. 

“The investment in the redevelopment by the centre’s owners represents a significant measure of confidence in the Town Centre and the region.” 

Concept plans and consents are being finalised, with a Head Contractor to be appointed over the coming weeks. 

The redevelopment is expected to have between 30-50 tradespeople on site each day, increasing to 80 at peak times. Construction is due to begin in March this year, with Kmart due to open early next year. 


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 m2. Bethlehem Town Centre is proudly managed by Colliers International Real Estate Management. 


About Kmart 

Kmart opened New Zealand’s first discount department store in Henderson, Auckland in 1988. Today, Kmart has 200 stores in total (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’s, women’s and children), beauty, footwear, toys, sporting, events and home / living.

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