In the process, store owner Dave Richards enlisted local community groups, schools and churches, which brought more than 250 hours of labour to the party and in return received help with their fund raising.
“It’s great to see that the community views the upgrade as such a positive thing for Motueka,” says Richards, who bought Mitre 10 Motueka five years ago with the intention of upgrading.
Mitre 10 Motueka has only had one expansion since it first opened as a Wilkins & Field hardware store in 1966.
The original store covered just 600m2, although that grew to 1,200m2 in the 1990s. After the latest upgrade the store has expanded to 2,700m2, increasing the number of carparks from 10 to 55 and growing the store’s team by 50%.
The new store design will also incorporate a Maori carving to acknowledge the history and heritage of the surrounding land.
Below (L-R), the Mitre 10 Motueka team: Dave, Jonny, Justine, Jody, Camilla and Colleen.