The anticipation is over for eager locals who have been waiting for the opening of Chemist Warehouse at The Palms Shopping Centre. The store is the newest tenancy to be added to the centre’s retail mix and with a footprint of over 1,000m², it is the largest offering inside a shopping centre anywhere in the country.
The store’s opening has created more than 30 jobs in the area, including full time, part-time and casual staff, and as the performance of the store grows the workforce will expand with it.
To celebrate the opening, Chemist Warehouse will be holding an event later this month with ambassador and New Zealand rugby legend, Dan Carter, who will be at The Palms to kick off the celebrations.
Keryn Ward, Centre Manager at The Palms, says, “This year has been a tough one for many, but here at The Palms we want to continue making our centre a vibrant hub for our local community, including the best retail and services. With this in mind, today we are celebrating the opening of Chemist Warehouse, with a big cheer to a new chapter in our centre’s history.”
New Zealand Chemist Warehouse CEO Azman Haroon is excited to be opening this store at the centre and creating new jobs in the community, especially during these uncertain times.
He says the brand is rapidly expanding, with the current group of 26 stores, including now four in Christchurch, expected to rise to 30 stores by the end of this year.
“The effects of this pandemic are unprecedented, and we have had to tailor our day-to-day running of the stores across the country to the evolving situation. Our great essential workforce has risen to the challenge and has stepped up beyond expectation.
“Also of note is the fact our free prescriptions offer will be available at our The Palms store, meaning New Zealanders will not be charged the $5 prescription fee on all subsided prescriptions, a saving we are proud to be able to provide shoppers. Since 2017, we have saved Kiwis over $20 million, making healthcare more affordable and accessible.”