Kmart considers Invercargill but nothing confirmed

Big box retailer Kmart is in various negotiations for an Invercargill store.

Big box retailer Kmart is in various negotiations for an Invercargill store.

Discussions have been held to determine if Kmart will come to Invercargill, but the developer says a site has not been finalised.

Windermere Holdings director Paul Smith said various negotiations were under way to determine whether or not the big box retailer would come to Invercargill. 

"These have involved the council in order to resolve potential consenting matters," he said. 

Kmart on the hunt for Invercargill premises
Kmart on the hunt for new store locations around New Zealand

"At this stage, no contractual agreements have been entered by the sides." 

When agreements had been made an official statement would be made, Smith said. 

Clyde St was one potential area for the retailer. 

However, it was just one of the sites under discussion. 

Smith could not identify other potential store locations because it could identify other people who would not want to be implicated. 

Any other rumours that Kmart had nailed down a site were incorrect, he said. 

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"If you hear anything else, it's wrong. But when we get to the end, everyone will be happy.

"When it's all go, and everything's done and ready to go, we will shout from the roofs." 

The latest mode of Kmart was really "very smart", Smith said. 

"It's not like your old Kmart I remember from years gone by." 

Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King declined to comment.

As with any business coming to Invercargill, it was up to the particular business to make announcements and not the city council, King said. 

The company was expanding in New Zealand and, according to industry website Inside Retail NZ, planned to open two or three new stores a year in New Zealand up until 2020.

Invercargill residents have long begged for a store in the city, even starting several Facebook pages to gather support. 

Facebook page "Bring K Mart & Wendys to Invercargill....Please!!" has more than 700 members.

The page says Invercargill needs Kmart and the store would be "a relief" for consumers and help the surrounding area's economy. 

Facebook page "Invercargill needs a Kmart" has nearly 400 members.


 - Stuff


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