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Currying favour with local business during town centre upgrade.

16 May 2018

Narinder Singh from Hurry for Curry.

You can now see the formation of the pavements and roading as construction continues in the main street of Whitianga as part of the town upgrade project.

Which is good news for businesses looking into the construction site as they can see the layout taking starting to take shape.

Every week we're profiling a local business affected by the town centre upgrade, to let the public know the town is still open for business.

This week we caught up with Narinder Singh, Manager of ‘That Curry Place’ at 45 Albert Street. Narinda’s owned and been operating the business for 14 months, before that he ran a takeaway in Whitianga.

"I’ve been local for six years now and absolutely love Whitianga,” says Narinder. He says the business has felt the effects of not only the normal winter slowdown,but the temporary loss of parking in front of the restaurant. But at the same time Narinder says he is very excited about the town centre upgrade and looking forward to a new, fresh vibrant outlook.

“I’m hopeful that it will create more business and job opportunities for our local community,” he says.

That Curry Place is still open for business, with both Indian curry and Thai curry on the menu, as well as dairy and gluten free options.

“There’s definitely something for everyone to warm you up, as we head into the colder months of winter, along with the fully licensed bar,” says Narinder. “Please head down, we’re open 11am to 2pm for lunch and then from 5pm till we run out of curry for dinner.”

During winter the business employs 8 staff, which increases to 12 in the summer, and everyone is looking forward to seeing what the changes bring for the town.

Check out the menu [] and get down and support Narinder and his team, while checking out the progress in and around the pedestrian footpaths around the construction site.

From now until the 28th July 2018, Narinder and the team would like to offer and extra special discount. 'Dine in' customers who mention the code 'IAM' when paying for their meal will receive a 10% discount on their mains.


 What you need to know this week

whiti centre upgrade may 14

  • From Sunday evening 28 May we will be extending the road closure into Blacksmith Lane for the roadworks, which will take three weeks to complete and be finished by 11 June. We have been around to all the affected businesses and installing more directional signage to redirect traffic into Campbell St and into Victoria St.
  • Albert St will be reopen to vehicles ahead of schedule at the end of June. (The footpaths will still be a work in progress).
  • We’re continuing with the installation of new light pole foundations also on the east and west sides of Albert Street.
  • We’re continuing the excavation of existing pavement to new design sub-grade at Blacksmith Lane and placing geotextile fabric on top. 
  • We’re placing and compacting material for the new road sub-base layer. The installation of new Chorus copper cable to replace existing cable is ongoing, along with connection of new to existing cable to supply shops will result in a ten-minute loss of phone service. 
  • All shop owner will be notified prior to service interruption. We’re continuing with kerb placement on both the east and west sides of Albert Street. 
  • Meanwhile on the east side of Albert Street the footpath sub-grade is being prepared.
  • Remember the Whitianga half marathon is on this weekend. There are no road closures but marshalls will be in attendance and the road shoulders will be used by runners/walkers.  Due to the town upgrades there has been a slight course detour up Victoria and Owen Street instead of all the way to the end of Blacksmith. You can find out more on their website here