Coastlands after Fifty Years

Chief Executive to speak on Tuesday

By Roger Childs

It is fifty years to the month since Coastlands Shopping Town first opened its doors. The present Chief Executive, Richard Mansell, will be speaking on Tuesday 19 November to the Kapiti Historical Society about how Coastlands has grown over half a century from 20 shops to more than 100 businesses.

From the start Coastlands was actively involved in the Kapiti community.

… it sponsored local clubs, groups, schools, charities, community facilities and events, and has continued to contribute for 50 years. Over the past 15 years alone, Coastlands has given $4 million in sponsorship, including significant contributions to Coastlands Aquatic Centre, Coastlands Sports Turf and Pavilion, Kapiti Netball and most recently, the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre.

The early days

It began as a multi-level complex off the old State Highway in the days before Rimu Road was completed. In the early years before Saturday trading was the norm, Coastlands was a magnet for weekend shoppers and hundreds would travel to Paraparaumu by car and train from Wellington.

Early expansion with Farmers one of many national retail chains featuring

In the 1970s, Coastlands was small by today’s standards and there were shops and offices upstairs as well as down.  However, over the last 50 years there have been numerous makeovers and a massive expansion of food outlets, shops including many national retail chains.

In 1969 Coastlands Shopping Town had 6180 m2 retail space with 21 shops, but now hasover 100 shops and businesses, and covers an area of over 49,000m2 retail space.

Details on the Tuesday 19th meeting

The Kapiti Historical Society is fortunate to be able to have Chief Executive, Richard Mansell, talking on the history on this half century old Kapiti institution.

Richard’s’ session on Coastlands: Fifty Years in the Making will take place on Tuesday November 19, starting at 7.30pm.

The venue is the Kapiti Uniting Church, 10 Weka Road, Raumati Beach. Gold coin koha. A light supper will be served following the session. All welcome.

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