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Kmart opens a 24 hour store at Sylvia Park and begins work in Napier

  • Property
  • July 26, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
Kmart opens a 24 hour store at Sylvia Park and begins work in Napier

The trendiest discount retailer in town continues its rapid roll-out across New Zealand with a 24-hour store opening at Auckland’s Sylvia Park, and construction of a Napier store beginning.

Kmart Sylvia Park was announced in October 2018, and the 5,000 square metre store will open on August 15thin the space formally occupied by Countdown Supermarket, facing the Mt Wellington Highway.

 Kmart is already known for its generous hours, with most stores open to 10pm, but Sylvia Park’s will be the first 24-hour store of its kind in New Zealand. It is Kmart’s seventh store in Auckland.

Jason Picard, Kmart New Zealand country manager says the Sylvia Park store will offer customers unprecedented accessibility.

“Kmart’s first 24-hour store at Sylvia Park will give customers the flexibility to shop at a time that suits them, day or night. For us, it’s about offering better support to New Zealand families who are busy balancing work, family and leisure commitments; and more convenience for shift workers and people working non-traditional business hours.”

Helen Ronald, Sylvia Park centre manager, says the new Kmart is part on an ongoing programme of change.

“In the last year we have opened our first office tower, ANZ Raranga, and added 600 new car parks. With around 60 new stores and nearly 5,000 car parks available at Sylvia Park once the Galleria expansion is complete in 2020, the best is yet to come.”


Image: Helen Ronald and Heath Blackler, store manager Sylvia Park Kmart.

Further south, work has officially begun on Kmart Napier, which is to be located at the corner of Prebensen Drive and Ford Rd. Wallace Development Company has been working on the project since October 2016, with Stead Construction as the lead contractor.

Wallace’s development manager Mike Walker confirms the resource and building consents have been granted for the 5,351 square metre building, and foundations are soon to be laid. Precast concrete wall panels and structural steel are being manufactured locally offsite. 

“A lot of time has spent on the design of roading access to the site.  We’ve worked closely with Napier City Council’s traffic engineers to develop a roading plan that will work for Kmart as well as other businesses in the area to ensure a smooth and safe flow of traffic,” says Walker.

Noticeable updates will include central self-served check outs, wider aisles for easy wheel chair and pram access and bolder graphics for navigation.

Picard says the Napier store is expected to open in late 2020. It will provide around 80 new jobs, with recruitment to begin next year.

Stage II of the Kmart Napier development will include a 1,000 square metre bulk retail store and hospitality/food retailers, with the total development including carparking for 231 cars.

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