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Civic Style part of the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade

11 September 2018

After a quick visit to Civic Video 18 months ago to purchase a few DVD's, Greg Stevens and Lisa Coster ended up buying the business.

Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade - Civic Video

Being one of the few remaining DVD stores in the country, Greg and Lisa had always known they would need to diversify, while keeping the DVD business alive for locals and visitors alike to the Mercury Bay area.

"After a boys weekend golfing, I fell in love with the place.  After purchasing a home in Whitianga and communting every weekend while paying high rent in Auckland, it was a no brainer for us both to move here fulltime," says Greg.

Golf and fishing form a big part of both Lisa and Greg's love of Whitianga, along with being part of the Mercury Bay Club.
"Working six days a week, we work hard to make sure we also take time for ourselves, that's why we chose to  live in the beautiful part of the country," says Greg.

Branching out with the business and opening Civic Style and Homewares has been a great success and really starting to take off.

"We're trying to something different at a very good price.  With the products in store, Lisa is getting lots of positive compliments on her buying choices," says Greg.

The couple employ one other staff member to help them in-store and want to keep the DVD business going strong, for those loyal customers that have reception issues on the outskirts of town, or holiday makers, who only have the DVD and Freeview setup.
When asked about the town centre upgrade Greg says there's been an impact to business with the loss of car parking outside the store.

"I totally understand the 70-year-old below ground infrastructure of pipes needed to be upgraded, but duration that the road has been closed in our section of construction works has impacted our passer-by traffic, but we just have to get through," adds Greg.

Let's keep our DVD store going as one of the last 16 DVD stores in the country and also check out some of the wonderful homewares on offer instore at Civic Style and Homewares.

Check them them out on the Web or pop on in to 65 Albert Street.  

Whitianga Town Centre Upgrade - Civic Video

Works this week - 11 September 2018

Our Contractors Dempsey Wood Civil are still working on all three phases of the town centre upgrade, which includes:

Phase One - Blacksmith to Monk Street

  • Locking the street pavers with sand and sealing them with sealant.
  • Finishing of remaining remedial work.

Phase Two - Monk Street to Hannan Road

  • We were able to beat the weather with road marking so the road opened to through-traffic Saturday 8 September.  Please note: Parking bays will be closed to enable footpath works to be completed.
  • Finishing with cobblestone paving and sealing.
  • Footpath paving Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September.

Phase Three - Blacksmith Lane to Campbell Street

  • Building up the sub-base with 65 metal for pavement construction.
  • Continue service trench excavation and drainage installation.
  • Continue with road cut to subgrade level and subsoil installation.
  • Tree pit dig out and irrigation installation.
  • Chorus continuing with cutting in new service trench.
  • Raising of the main sewer cut from Thursday 13 September.

For further information visit our project page.