Ham­mer Hard­ware opens in new shop

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PIPPA BROWN

The tills were ring­ing at Ham­mer Hard­ware on Mon­day as shop­pers jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to fill up their trol­leys at the new Ham­mer Hard­ware Kaiko¯ura.

The Mitre 10 store was sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged in the Novem­ber earth­quake and own­ers, the Hills fam­ily, had to search for an al­ter­na­tive site.

Roz, Bruce, son James and daugh­ter Cindy Hills have re­branded the shop as Ham­mer Hard­ware and re­lo­cated to a new we’re ex­cited to open in the new lo­ca­tion and help lo­cals with their DIY and gar­den needs again.’’

The new shop will form part of a re­tail hub along with New World, Smith’s City, Hunt­ing and Fish­ing, Postie, and Kaiko¯ura Com­mu­nity Gym.

Roz said once they de­cided to re­lo­cate they did a thor­ough re­view of avail­able sites.

‘‘Af­ter find­ing that none of the avail­able sites met the suit­abil­ity and size re­quire­ments for a Mitre 10 store, we de­cided re-brand­ing as a Ham­mer Hard­ware was the best way to con­tinue the store’s legacy,’’ she said.

The Hills prom­ise that the new store will carry a full range of home im­prove­ment, paint and gar­den­ing sup­plies.

Cindy was ex­cited about the new gar­den cen­tre.

‘‘Kaiko¯ura res­i­dents are pas­sion­ate gar­den­ers – so it was es­sen­tial that the new lo­ca­tion had a sim­i­lar sized gar­den cen­tre too,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ll still have a great range of prod­ucts that you’d ex­pect in a home im­prove­ment store, as well as the same friendly faces - al­beit in a smaller space.’’

James said they want to thank lo­cals for their pa­tience and sup­port through­out the re-open­ing process.

‘‘The re-build has been a mas­sive un­der­tak­ing for the whole re­gion but the pos­i­tive, sup­port­ive at­ti­tudes of lo­cals says a lot about who we are and the kind of town we’ll con­tinue to be.’’

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/ STUFF

Roz Hills help­ing out at the Ham­mer Hard­ware check­out on Mon­day.

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