Kmart bet­ter than ever

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua’s Kmart store cel­e­brated its 23rd year with a facelift that was a long time com­ing, its man­ager said.

An an­chor ten­ant in North City Shop­ping Cen­tre, the store had not changed much since open­ing in 1990, man­ager Ju­lian Hop­kins said.

‘‘When we opened, this was the big­gest thing in Welling­ton. But we’ve got to the point where we had old fit­ting rooms, check­outs, sig­nage, and the shelves were far too tall.

‘‘We’ve re-mod­elled ev­ery­thing and it was much-needed. The feed­back from staff and cus­tomers has been bril­liant.’’

It was six months in plan­ning and took 10 weeks to carry out, but trad­ing was not in­ter­rupted.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett re­opened the store last Tues­day.

New floors, ex­tra light­ing and wider aisles were part of the fresh look.

Mr Hop­kins would not re­veal the cost, but said it would be known soon when Kmart’s an­nual re­port was re­leased.

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