Milford – great shopping and more!

Milford Shops, with Murray Hill – Manager Milford Business assn

Milford has developed and become a shopping centre of preference for many over the last four to five years. But it is more than that. It is a well-rounded centre that provides extremely well for the needs of its community and its extended community.

This month we feature the great businesses we have in the Medical and Professional sector. When you look at the range of professional businesses on the opposite page, you will be surprised by the variety that Milford offers compared to the relative size of our business district. It is comprehensive and offers that personal service that can be missing in the big multi-national practices.

We have some well-known medical professionals who have national recognition. Dr. Peter Gould and Dr. Frances Pitsilis – to name a couple, plus a complete range of medical and dental practices that are well established and have serviced the community for some time offering great advice/service to their patients.
From accountants to lawyers, architects to insurance companies, we have the range covers and most importantly – they are local.
Check out the full details of our medical and professional businesses by going to our website www.milfordshops.co.nz

Milford Town Centre Plan
Our initial hopes of having this important plan finalised and put in front of the local board by February have had a slight delay with our final meeting with council planners and other Milford stakeholders now to take place early March.
Thanks to everyone who made submission on the plan. It's great to see the level of interest within our wonderful Milford community.
This last meeting will cover items raised in those submissions and how they are incorporated into the overall vision for what form Milford will take over the next 30 years and then be presented to the local board for incorporation in the Auckland Unitary Plan.
As I have said before, we are entering an exciting period of time that will determine what Milford looks like in the future and the range of opportunities available for its residents – whether it is shopping, relaxing or infrastructure.

New World fast-tracking rebuild
You will be aware by now that after serving the local community for just over 50 years the current New World supermarket is closing on Sunday 15th March to allow the demolition and construction of a brand new state-of-the-art New World, which it is anticipated will open again before Christmas 2015.
This is fantastic news for our community who will be offered more space, more variety and the same friendly service when the new supermarket opens. The retail space will be much larger due to a reconfiguration of the floor plan.
All staff have been offered jobs at other New Worlds as part of the project so if you do go to another one you will probably find a few familiar faces.
When Ross Coldicut and Allen Hill (my father) combined their Four Square grocery stores in 1964 to open what was in those days, one of the first supermarkets is Auckland, they started a business that has become an icon in Milford. I have no doubt that the new supermarket will continue to be seen in the same light – just far more in touch with what the changed demographics of today's community needs.

Viva La Francais Market Day
Our new Viva La Francais market day event was well received, with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the French street scene in Dodson Avenue and the entertainment provided in the area. We ran a promotion with a $500 prize for shopping during the event and the winner was
Tessa Pawson of Milford.
Thanks to the residents of Dodson Avenue for your accommodation of this event. Thank you also to the businesses that got into the French theme with some great store fronts decorated to reflect the theme.

New Clubhouse for Milford Tennis
It's fantastic to hear that Milford Tennis Club is in the process of designing a new clubhouse which will sit on the bank between the two tennis courts. This will replace the old one and they hope will overlook Lake Pupuke. They are seeking interest form other organisations who may wish to house their organisation with the tennis club and share costs associated with the project. If you are interested, please contact Catherine Woodward on 410-6626.

By Murray Hill

Channel Magazine: Issuu 52 March 2015