In a rare happily-ever-after story in retail, beloved music store Real Groovy has found a new home just across from the road from its old digs. The business found out it had to move out of its long-time Queen St haunt in June so the building could be demolished to make way for apartments.
Makeup giant Elizabeth Arden has debuted its first New Zealand standalone store in Auckland’s developing luxury precinct today. The store turns makeup into a true experience, offering makeovers, beauty services and even customised foundation.
This year saw the demise of two heritage Kiwi department stores. Wellington’s Kirkcaldie & Stains was bought out by David Jones, while South Island stores merged as H&J Smith purchased Arthur Barnett. It seems that in the age of ecommerce, a fresh approach is necessary – enter the new Farmers store on Queen St.
A special retailer is being sought for a refurbished heritage building on Auckland’s sought-after Queen St. The availability of the 150-year-old former Bank of New Zealand Tower is a sign of “frenetic” retail leasing activity on the Queen St strip, says Bayleys Real Estate leasing agent Meredith Graham.
With the doors set to open to the department store at 10am, fans of the UK brand have been queuing up all night. Xixi Chen, who took the photo above, says the line reaches all the way down to Wyndham St.