Topic: Centre City Shopping Complex (1988)

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Centre City was opened on the 18th of October 1988 by New Plymouth Mayor David Lean and Captain Mark Phillips, then husband of Princess Anne.

Its development is interesting in that the then council made an active decision to see a commercial retail development go ahead on this site. The council already owned some land in the block but needed to buy up land to the west of Currie Street. After securing ownership of the remaining land it was on-sold to Foodstuffs (Wellington) Co-op Society for what it had paid, plus costs.

David Lean said at the time that it was a pre-emptive move to prevent Foodstuffs locating themselves in Bell Block or Brixton and thereby endangering the vitality of the CBD.

Construction took 22 months at a cost of $22 million. Anchor tenants were Pak 'n Save and Farmers, complemented by up to 50 speciality shops.

The architect for the project was Roger Walker. Carson Mills Project Management of Wellington co-ordinated the project using mainly local contractors. The project manager was John Dunn and construction manager Doug Frew.

The vertical files in the Taranaki Research Centre contain newspaper supplements published for the opening with more information.

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Centre City Shopping Complex (1988)

City:New Plymouth