Geoff and Carolyn Taylor (above), of Taylor & Hallz, along with Brendan and Nicole Hall (of Mitre 10 Crofton Downs), are the owner-operators of the new large format Mitre 10 that's due to open before the end of the year.
Indeed, local civil contractors Siteworx Civil will soon be getting started on the former gasworks site between Grey and Derby Streets within the next few weeks.
Gisborne had been without a Mitre 10 since 2009 so the new owners opened a temporary store in Awapuni Road in late 2018, focused on outdoor living and heating, while planning was underway for the new store.
Geoff Taylor says: “With such a large footprint, we are going to be able to bring the community new product ranges, an extensive garden centre, along with amenities like a Columbus Café and playground for families as well as a large trade offer with drive-thru, and 145 car parks."
The large 5,500m2 footprint will include a retail area of 2,400m2, including showrooms for kitchens and bathrooms, a 1,000m2 garden centre and a 3700m2 trade yard, all of which will require a team of around 70, which means jobs for another 50 locals.
Mitre 10 Gisborne will be the 84th store to join the Mitre 10 NZ cooperative.
Interesting also to read in the Gisborne Herald that Bunnings is busy fettling its own Gisborne site, possibly in anticipation of renewed competition...