The Wanaka community has welcomed its very own Mitre 10 Mega store following a challenging 14 month process and a huge team effort.
Located at Three Parks Business Centre, the store showcases innovation and sustainability in both the construction materials and technologies that operate the building and the services it offers the community.
The Wanaka store boasts a photovoltaic solar array on the roof, electric vehicle charging stations, energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling, as well as a recycling station. The design plays tribute to the town’s landscape, with careful attention dedicated to the roofline and exterior colour application.
Co-owner and chairman of Mitre 10 NZ, Martin Dippie, says it felt like half of Wanaka had visited the store on the weekend after it had opened its doors.
“We estimate around 5000 people came through the doors on Saturday.”
Customers can make use of the potting station in the Garden Hub, hire tools and have their own safety-tested and sharpened, and can collect orders at their own leisure from the store’s Click and Collect station. And if it couldn’t get any better, when shopping becomes tiresome or the crowds are too much, customers can stop for a refreshment in the Beer Garden before continuing round the store.
Store manage Mark Watson says it was rewarding to see the community embrace the store following all the work that has gone into building it, especially with the challenges that Covid has brought.
“It’s been a massive team effort that showcases the strength of our family business model and highlights the true spirit of cooperation and the power of the cooperative.”
Martin Dippie and his brother Allan Dippie built the new store and have owned the local Mitre 10 since 2000. Martin and his wife Frances also own Mitre 10 MEGA Dunedin and Mitre 10 Mosgiel.
By the numbers:
- 20 new jobs created
- 28,000m2 total site area
- 9,000m2 total store floor area
- 4,870m2 retail area
- 3,900m2 garden centre area
- 10,000m2 (1ha) trade and timber yard
- 220 car parks
- Columbus Café and playground