23 Aug 2011
In the Press
IKEA not ready for New Zealand, says consultant
Dominion Post

IKEA fans will have to wait a bit longer for a store to open in New Zealand, a retail consultant to the international brand says.

Speculation has had it that a shop would soon open in Auckland at Massey's Westgate megacentre.

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01 Jul 2011
Retail Examiner
Retail Examiner
Rugby World Cup 2011: A Winner or Loser for Retailing?
Paul Keane

The 2011 Rugby World Cup will be a big one for New Zealand, and it’ll be an event to remember. The question is, is the RWC more than just an event? Are retailers going to be better off for it? In this Retail Examiner, we look at what the opportunities are, and whether retailers can expect their cash registers to ring a little more.

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27 May 2011
In the Press
Couple pen a happy ending for Whitcoulls
Jamie Gray, The NZ Herald

The troubled Whitcoulls and Borders chains have been sold to the husband-and-wife team behind Farmers, with indications that the majority of stores will remain open.
 
The bookstore chains' futures were shrouded in uncertainty after their Australian owners, REDGroup, went into voluntary administration in February, owing unsecured creditors $21.5 million.
 

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10 Feb 2011
In the Press
Ex-coalminer to keep Red Sheds in black
Grant Bradley, NZ Herald

A Warehouse insider who started his working life in underground coal mines has been given the job of digging the company out of a slump.
 
Mark Powell will take over as chief executive of The Warehouse Group within the next few months, replacing Ian Morrice who is stepping down after six years.
 
Powell, 49, has held senior roles at the group since 2002, most recently as chief executive of Warehouse Stationery.
 

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27 Jan 2011
In the Press
Countdown planned for Auckland CBD high-rise
Anne Gibson, NZ Herald

Supermarket giant Progressive Enterprises is planning a multi million-dollar Countdown for a high-rise building in Auckland's CBD.
 
Luke Schepen, Progressive's national communications and public affairs manager, said the store planned for Albert St's Finance Centre would be about 2000sq m, 1000sq m smaller than the 3000sq m Countdown Auckland City, formerly Foodtown, on Quay St.
 

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