The creators of New Zealand’s most stylish, attractive and effective retail spaces were celebrated at the 2015 Red Awards on Saturday at Auckland’s swanky Mantells on the Water. More than 150 attendees from within the retail design and shopfitting industry turned out, and television journalist Hilary Barry hosted the event.
The first new-look Spark stores have been rolled out in Sylvia Park and Albany, with more on the way for Spark Northwest and Queen St. Alongside a deeper design-led refresh, the stores will offer free Spark-branded water, virtual queuing, a safe phone-charging station and live accessories.
Kiwi furniture designer Ben Glass is a self-made man who has not only made all his own products, but also did the fit out of his showroom and factory. The 25-year-old designs, creates and sells Scandinavian-influenced furniture.
Lotto New Zealand has opened the doors of its first concept store to Westfield St Lukes. The store is the first of its kind in the country, as it will act as a retail test environment for ideas, a place for customers to play games and hear about what lottery funding does the community.
Discount department store Kmart opened its first New Zealand store in Henderson in 1988 and has become a staple shop in many Kiwis’ lives. Its St Lukes store is the latest to have undergone a major refurbishment. Kmart corporate affairs manager Anita Agosta says it’s a move to meet customers evolving shopping needs.