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Founded in 2014, Burger Burger shook up Auckland’s hospitality scene with its affordable burgers and shakes and cheeky personality. It has now expanded to include a restaurant focused on ocean-sourced fare called Fish Fish. Kiwis are clearly huge fans, as Burger Burger has amassed more than 40,000 followers across Facebook and Instagram. Co-founder and creative director Mimi Gilmour discusses the company’s digital approach.
The decision on whether to let shops open on Easter Sunday is now up to local councils, as the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill has passed its third reading. Retail workers now also have the right to refuse to work on the day without any consequences from their employer.
A proposal to close 19 Westpac banks around New Zealand has sent shock waves rippling through provincial communities. The majority of the banks are located in provincial towns where retail has been especially vulnerable, such as Wainui and Waikanae. A retail expert says it's part of the wider industry trend of shops disappearing from small town New Zealand.
The first stage of the Bay of Plenty’s newest shopping centre, the Tauranga Crossing in Tauriko, is gearing up to open in September. The centre will be home to more than 20 specialty stores, while also providing dining, banking and health services.
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Are you looking to open a new shop? Vend's retail expert, Francesca Nicasio, has a chat to seven different shop owners about what they wish they had known when they were starting out as a retailer.