PHOTO: Wellington’s railway station. WIKIPEDIA
The New World supermarket located within the Wellington Railway Station is set to close its doors by the end of March 2024, as it was unable to secure a lease renewal in the building. Despite their best efforts, the store’s management confirmed the closure via a social media post.
The closure of this store, a favorite among commuters and nearby workers, has left many disappointed. The post expressed regret for the dedicated team working to serve customers daily. The management assured that they would make every effort to assist their employees in finding roles in other nearby stores.
KiwiRail, the entity overseeing the railway station, had been engaged in negotiations with Foodstuffs (the parent company of New World) for a considerable duration but could not reach a mutually agreeable lease arrangement. They stated that they had offered fair discounts for the commercial space but were unable to finalize an agreement.
KiwiRail is currently exploring potential new leaseholders for the supermarket site and its future plans, but they have not disclosed the identities of these prospective tenants at this time.