Foodstuffs and The Warehouse Group have come together to form the anchor tenants for the centre, with a Pak’n Save, The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery and Noel Leeming all scheduled to open.
The Warehouse Group’s stores will open 15 September, while Pak’n Save and the majority of other stores will open 27 September.
The food and beverage area called ‘The Millyard’ will be open from 1 October. The look and name harks back to the area’s sawmilling past.
The centre was designed by The Buchan Group and The Croft Studio.
The 17,000 square metre first stage area will accommodate stores such as Helloworld, Looksharp, ProfessioNail and Sharing Shed.
The centre is located 6km away from central Tauranga. It neighbours the Tauriko Business Estate, which will soon draw more than 5000 employees to the area, and The Lakes residential estate, which will bring in 7000 residents when completed.
Director of Tauranga Crossing Limited Mark Taylor says with Tauranga’s population of around 120,000, it’s New Zealand fifth largest and fastest growing area.
“We started with a vision to create a new community hub to support the growth of the region, located where new homes and businesses are thriving,” Taylor says.
“We also want to bring income and jobs to the community.”
Construction of the next phase of the crossing will begin in 2017. Taylor says the centre will offer local, national and international brands within an enclosed mall.
Work has also begun on a third bulk retail development on the opposite side of the road.
The centre will be known as ‘The Depot’ and be home to 25,000 square metres of large-scale lifestyle and homeware stores. It’s due to open in late 2017.
The shopping centre has sprung up at an opportune time, as Bay of Plenty’s population continues to boom.
The wider area has a population of 265,000 and according to Statistics New Zealand figures, 1307 people moved to the Bay of Plenty in the year to March – the highest figure in 26 years.