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Fences about to come down for Phase One of Town Centre upgrade

26 June 2018

Blackjack Surf and phase one of the Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade.

The completion of Stage One of the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade means the project is almost half-way to being finished. 

On 7th July the fences will begin to come down along Albert Street, between Blacksmith Lane and Monk St, which means vehicle traffic will be able to come through.

It's a great milestone for Phillipa Turner, owner of Blackjack Surf store, stockest of the latest surf, street and skate Brands.

Phillipa and her late husband Graham Turner bought what was called 'Backdoor Surf' just off Monk Street in 1977 before relocating to 35 Albert Street and changing the business name and brand to Blackjack Surf.

"Graham was a longtime keen surfer, which is how we got into the business," says Phillipa.

Phillipa moved to Kuaotunu close to 25 years ago, which is where Graham lived most of his life.  Before the couple got into the surf, street and skate business, Phillipa was a practice nurse on the Coromandel.  They then opened a gift shop for four years, before changing retail industries.

"Had you asked me 30 years ago, I would not have seen myself in this business, but am very happy now and love working with my team here in store," says Phillipa

With two full-time staff and three part-time staff, some of whom come from the local Mercury Bay Area School, they have a busy little team and generally pick up another two-to-three team members for the summer period.

"Winter time brings the usual downturn in traffic through the store, which is to be expected," explains Phillipa "With the works and upgrade to the town centre, my view is that it's some, 'short term pain for long term gain'."

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Photo File: from left to right, Grace, Phillipa and Melissa in store at Blackjack Surf

"The workers have been really friendly and I often find myself out the front watching the progress," says Phillipa.  "I'm all for pedestrian-friendly areas and more alfresco dining; it's going to be good."

The team at Blackjack Surf would like to invite the community to their store to check out their winter range and their annual in-store shoe sale, which is on now and throughout the month of July.  Pop down and get up-to-date with the latest trends or check them out online via their Website and Facebook profile.

Works this week - 25 June

  • Work to be completed for footpath preparation for paving blocks from Taylors Mistake down to Blacksmith Lane.
  • Also footpath preparation for asphalt placement to footpath areas from the east to west of Albert Street.
  • Work to commence with installation of street lighting.
  • Road line marking placement on new asphalt road along Albert Street.
  • Adjustment of security fencing in preparation for moving into stage 2 works from Hannan Road to Monk Street.

On another note, we'd like to thank the Good Samaritans that visited the Dempsey Wood's offices last week and dropped off a tin of biscuits with a note thanking them for their good work.  Also a huge shout out to the 'Bay Bakery' team whom dropped off 30 buns for the Dempsey Wood staff's lunch last week.  We know the team were very thankful and appreciated the support from the community.

We have employed a local videographer Floyd Johnston to track progress of the town centre upgrade. Here is the latest video clip covering the work over the past month.

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Photo file: Works across from Blackjack Surf store 20 June 2018