After arriving in Lambton Quay in 2016, David Jones’ Wellington store will now be shutting its doors to the public.
A spokesperson from David Jones says the decision to close the Wellington store was not made lightly and they sincerely thank the customers and team for their support and commitment.
Plans to move the retailer online will commence in the second half of 2022.
“As the retail sector continues to transform, including the accelerated shift to online, the optimisation of our retail network – through investment in our digital and physical channels, a focus on right-sizing and where necessary, consolidation of our physical footprint – is critical to meeting the changing needs of our customers.”
Retail NZ chief executive Greg Harford says retail in the capital is fragile.
“There is a serious risk that the exit of David Jones will lead to a gutting of the CBD’s retail offering,” he says.
“Retailers need to be working hard to have offerings that appeal to a changing customer base, but it’s also really important for landlords to look seriously at the sustainability of CBD rentals, and for the Wellington City Council to be looking at ways of attracting shoppers into the city on an ongoing basis.”
For Lambton Ward city councilor Nicola Young, the closure hasn’t come as a surprise. She says the store is nearly always empty and she has observed dwindling lines over time.
The luxury store will close in June 2022, however its second store in Auckland’s Newmarket district will remain open.