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Mitre 10 store expansion and makeover unveiled

November 4th, 2016
[Scoop press release]

Mitre 10 Motueka has undergone a major store renovation and expansion which is finally ready to be unveiled thanks to help from the community.

The six month renovation has seen the store double in size, introducing a new drive-thru trade yard and bigger garden centre, helping to bring new life to the fifty year old store.

To help achieve this feat, store owner Dave Richards enlisted the help of local community groups to get the upgrade completed.

"We've had some amazing community support throughout the re-fit with over 250 hours of labour from locals helping us move," Mr Richards says.

"All together we've had five community groups, schools and churches involved with the rebuild. It's great to see that the community views the upgrade as such a positive thing for Motueka and we've been able to help them fundraise for their projects in return."

Hannah Matthews, from Motueka Baptist Church, says that the great work opportunity helped to subsidise costs for local youth to attend a conference in Wellington which had a focus on developing strong values and improving self-esteem.

"We appreciated the opportunity to help Dave and the team get the store ready and it made a big difference in getting the youth to Wellington and also allowing them to head up to Rainbow Ski field for some outdoor education and recreation," says Ms Matthews.

Mr Richards, who bought Mitre 10 Motueka as a family business five years ago with the intention of upgrading, says that the store has been open every day despite renovations.

"Our customers have been so excited and supportive even amongst all the noise and disruption that is taking place in the store and the team is excited to soon be offering our customers a bigger selection."

Mitre 10 Motueka has only had one expansion since it first opened as a Wilkins and Field hardware store in 1966.

The store originally sported wooden floors, six staff, and covered a mere 600sqm - later expanded to 1200sqm in the 1990s.

This latest upgrade has expanded the store to 2,700sqm - almost three times the size of the original store - increasing the number of carparks from 10 to 55 and growing the store's team by 50 percent.

The new store design will also incorporate a Maori carving to acknowledge the history and heritage of the surrounding land.

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