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H&M fashion brand to open in Wellington

  • News
  • July 7, 2017
H&M fashion brand to open in Wellington

Wellington's fashion scene continues to grow as H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) opens in Queensgate Shopping Centre, Lower Hutt, later this year. 

The fashion retailer made waves in 2016 when it opened its first store in Sylvia Park shopping centre, drawing in crowds from all over Auckland.

Now Wellington is getting a slice of the Swedish retailer with plans for the store to open late this year, with more information to be realised closer to the yet-to-be-confirmed opening date.

Queensgate Shopping Centre was closed late 2016 after the Kaikoura-centred earthquake damaged the building's infrastructure.

The centre re-opened early April of this year after parts of the complex were redesigned with shock absorbent technology.

At the time Diversified NZ Property Trust acquired the shopping centre late November of 2015, the centre was the largest enclosed shopping area in the lower North Island. It is managed by Stride.

Stride’s general manager shopping centres, Roy Stansfield, says this announcement marks an important milestone in a large project, which has been a long time in the works.

“We’re incredibly excited that a world-renowned brand like H&M has chosen Queensgate as the location for its first Wellington store. It’s testament to the standard of the centre and the opportunities in the region as a whole.

“Customers and retailers alike have been curious about the works going on in the centre as we prepare for H&M’s opening, so we’re very happy to be able to finally confirm who this new tenant is,” he said.

Leading up to the store's launch, Stansfield says Stride will continue to share information through the company's website, Facebook page and within Queensgate.

 “We’re very much looking forward to seeing the new store take shape.”


 

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Deals for Kiwis

  • News
  • November 22, 2017
  • Courtney Devereux
Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Deals for Kiwis

On the weekend starting 24 November, many retailers will lower prices in a day-long sale. From independent stores to multichannel retailers, who is jumping on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandwagon?

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Enhancing the experience: A growing demand

  • Design
  • November 22, 2017
  • Courtney Devereux
Enhancing the experience: A growing demand

Some commentators think food and integrated hospitality offerings will save brick and mortar retail from obsolescence in the age of ecommerce. But does catering to the consumer’s every need result in sales, or are shoppers moving on without making a purchase? In the Enhancing the experience series Courtney Devereux looks into why these two different sectors are working together.

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Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

  • News
  • November 21, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

The Chinese holiday Singles’ Day, popularised by Alibaba as the ’11.11 Global Shopping Festival’, is now the biggest sale event in the world. Alibaba reports that US$25.3 billion of gross merchandise volume was settled during the 24 hours of Singles’ Day this year. Not all of that went to Chinese retailers, however – a handful of Kiwis made the most of the opportunity.

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Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

  • Technology
  • November 20, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

The Warehouse Group’s electronics retailer Noel Leeming has been looking at expanding its focus on services this year. Now, it’s launched a dedicated after-purchase services division: MyTechSolution. The change also means that customers will be charged for access to Noel Leeming's helpdesk if the request goes beyond a "quick fix".

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Cameras aren’t just for security anymore

  • In Association with Axis Communications / Sektor
  • November 20, 2017
Cameras aren’t just for security anymore

In-store video cameras revolutionised loss prevention when they first became available to retailers, but as camera technology continues to evolve, they can now provide a plethora of data that supports better business decisions.

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