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It's hardly like a phoenix rising from the ashes but there's no doubting Titirangi is finding its place in the sun with cash registers starting to 'ka-ching' again, business picking up, new ones opening and the new gallery, Te Uru in Lopdell Precinct, opening its doors. It's been a tricky few years in the Village with a downturn in the

economy, Lopdell House closing for its multi-million dollar refurbishment, the supermarket closing and the gas station too, and even the health centre moved out 15 months ago.

But Titirangi Business Association chair Mike Carter says things are rolling along beautifully now and he feels nothing but positive about the future. "The supermarket

"I only feel positive. The Glow festival will

fire the

place up and be amazing, and new businesses like Tonic and Deco will add another dimension to the range of businesses already here. "Bring on the New Year. It's going to be great, there's no question about it."

is central to

Mike Carter: “Bring on the New Year.

It’s going to be great.”

everything here so it was a great loss when the old one closed but since the Ranchhod brothers (Pranil, Ravin and CK) opened the SuperValue supermarket, they've breathed new life into the area," says Mike.

"We are grateful they're here. They're wonderful operators and hugely supportive of the Village. It's the same with the service station. When the old one closed we didn't know if we'd get another, but we did and it's great. "There's something really special about our Village and when you get the Mayor of Auckland coming out here and publicly telling everyone that, that's a great plus for us," Mike says.

Proud to be a

One of the newer retailers in the Village agrees. Cara Marx and her mother Thea Wild opened Wild Poppies in March this year and didn't really know what to expect. "We'd never been in retail before and you can't really see our boutique from the road but we've had tremendous support from everyone around us. They've been there behind us, through thick and thin and they've helped us stay here," says Cara. When they first opened, most of Cara and Thea's stock was sourced internationally but now 90 percent of their clothing is by local designers. "We've met some really talented people and are thrilled to support them. Likewise they're supporting us. It's wonderful. There's a huge sense of community in Titirangi Village and we've been overwhelmed by that. We love it here, we're passionate about the area and we're staying," Cara says.

Cara Marx: “We’re passionate about the area.”

Meanwhile, down the road in New Lynn, it's been confirmed that

Westie T-shirts

Now available at

Corban Estate Arts Centre 426 Great North Rd Henderson Ph: 838 4455

LynnMall is to undergo a $36 million expansion and upgrade. Readings cinema chain will operate a new cinema multiplex, and the development will include a new dining precinct and additional retail outlets. New Lynn lost its last picture theatre (in the building behind Bricklane Bar and Restaurant in Clark Street) 14 years ago. Resource consent for the work has been approved and construction is due to start in January with a target of completion in November next year.

– Moira Kennedy

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