The CEO of Precinct Properties says the mall's gotten good foot traffic and was exceeding turnover forecasts.
The individual is believed to have visited the Memorial Ave store, near Christchurch Airport, on July 20.
The PM told Judith Collins there are other avenues people wanting to start businesses can take.
"The RMA has doubled in size from its original length. It has become too costly, takes too long, and has not adequately protected the environment.''