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by Shelley Inon

Part of Northtown Mall will be demolished to make way for more car parking.

The mall will reduce from 8219sq m to 7050sq m, and the number of retail spaces from 11 to six.

Mall owner Foodstuffs South Island was granted consent early this month.

Foodstuffs South Island property development manager Rebecca Parish said construction would start next year, but the mall would remain open while work was under way.

She said the company sought to provide “an upgraded retail environment to improve customer experience”.

Ms Parish said with several vacancies already in the mall — four currently — including the departure of Westpac, “it is time to consolidate and instead offer more parking
and a revamped mall building”.

Caroline Eve managing director Deborah Mundy has confirmed the women’s clothing retailer would not have a place in the revamped mall.

“The Caroline Eve management and store teams are incredibly disappointed not to retain a space in the Northtown redevelopment.

“We are committed to Timaru with our existing store on Stafford St, which will have increased stock levels and team members to accommodate our loyal Timaru customers.

“We look forward to welcoming the Northtown customers there in February 2022.”

Reducing the size of the mall will add 48 car parks to the site — taking the total number from 254 spaces to 302 — which would reduce the pressure on street parking, and improve public safety in and around the site, the application said.

Ms Parish said the redevelopment would consolidate the current mall tenancies and provide an opportunity to renovate the mall.

‘‘I’m unsure on the costs at this stage.’’

The consent allowed hours of construction between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday (except for public holidays).