The retail design firm behind some of New Zealand’s most popular shopping centres, The Buchan Group, has appointed two new principals to its Kiwi practice. It says these appointments follow recent strong growth in New Zealand.
Shopping centre owner Kiwi Property is promoting its retail offering by partnering with TVNZ to deliver the fashion and beauty segments in a lifestyle programme called ‘Kiwi Living’.
Kiwi Property owns many of New Zealand’s largest shopping centres. Growth at Auckland’s Sylvia Park, North City in Porirua and others have led to a net increase of 7 percent in the value of the company’s retail portfolio. Combined with an 8 percent increase in Kiwi Property’s office portfolio, these changes have brought the overall value of the property portfolio to $2.7 billion.
Community engagement is hot right now. First conceptualised in the shopping mall space by Austrian architect and mall designer Victor Gruen, the idea of a community-focused mall was a strong influence in the design of Stride’s new West Auckland NorthWest mall. Now, Botany Town Centre has leaned into its community responsibility by planning a series of adoption days for “death row” dogs in partnership with non-profit dog rescue organisation, DC Rescue.
How many brands on today’s shelves will go on to achieve as much mileage as Bonds and Berlei? Business commentator Warren Head looks at longevity in retail.