Construction of a retail precinct at Christchurch Airport comes
a step closer this month with the demolition of a building on
The building which used to house Maui Campervans is being
demolished to clear the site where Spitfire Square will be
Christchurch Airport Chief Commercial Officer Blair Forgie says
the development is now underway, with strong tenant interest for a
spot in the centre.
"Spitfire Square will offer a variety of convenience retail and
services for airport customers and people who work at the airport.
Current interest includes a supermarket, bank, café, restaurant,
pharmacy, bookshop and florist, to name just a few," says Mr
"We are in discussions with a variety of tenants, all of whom
see the value of being close to an international airport and the
millions of visitors who come through - as well as the thousands of
employees who work on and around the airport every day."
Evan Harris from Colliers International is managing the leasing
of the development and says interest in some categories has been so
strong, particularly food, that it is disappointing to turn some
"In one food category there were eight operators keen to take
the space. The demand has certainly shown that a well-planned
development in a key location, with such high profile as Memorial
Avenue, is always going to create strong tenant interest" says Mr
Countdown's General Manager for Property, Adrian Walker, says
the company is looking forward to being part of the development as
anchor tenant and having its Countdown supermarket create up to 100
"We're delighted to be part of the airport's plans and to be
adding to our presence in Canterbury. Christchurch is a city we're
committed to employing and investing in and we're looking forward
to putting a local team together ahead of the opening," he
The supermarket is expected to be approximately 2400sqm and to
open mid-2015. Recruitment information will be advertised on
the Countdown website around 12 weeks before opening.