Meridian Mall

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Tenants are rethinking their future with Dunedin’s Meridian Mall.

An Australian property giant is playing hardball with tenants in a Dunedin mall, forcing some to rethink their future.

The Meridian Mall, located in the city’s major shopping thoroughfare, is set to lose one of its largest tenants with more possibly to follow.

On Monday, Invercargill- based department chain H&J Smith announced it’s Dunedin Meridian Mall store may close alongside stores in Mosgiel, Balclutha and Te Anau department stores.

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And it may not be the only store to close from the mall, with several owners confirmed they were ending their arrangements with the building owner, Lendlease, an international property and infrastructure group with headquarters in Australia.